July 15th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
6 years ago

House, Senate override Bush Medicare veto

President Bush says he objects to the bill because it takes 'choices away from seniors to pay physicians.'
President Bush says he objects to the bill because it takes 'choices away from seniors to pay physicians.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Overriding President Bush's veto, both houses of Congress voted Tuesday to halt planned cuts in Medicare payments to doctors.

The 70-26 vote in the Senate was a much narrower margin than in the House of Representatives, where the vote was 383-41. Each chamber needs a two-thirds majority to pass a law over the president's objections.

The new law stops a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors, part of a scheduled cost-saving formula that went into effect July 1. The money for the doctors will be taken from the Medicare Advantage program, which subsidizes private insurers to cover seniors who would otherwise be treated through conventional Medicare.

Congress previously had passed only two bills over Bush's objections - a $23 billion water-project legislation that the president vetoed in 2007, and a $300 billion farm bill he spiked in May.


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  1. William Courtland, Waterford, ON

    Now I understand that congress has the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inverntors the exclusive rights to their respective writings and discoveries as this allows patent rights and future national and international marketing, like the bi-valve water pump, but I think the President has the right to veto unless the States ratify an medicare amendment.

    July 15, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. William Courtland, Waterford, ON

    Now I understand that congress has the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inverntors the exclusive rights to their respective writings and discoveries as this allows patent rights and future national and international marketing, like the bi-valve water pump, but I think the President has the right to veto unless the States ratify an medicare amendment.

    The president has the power to ajourn a congress which does not understand the limitations of the Federal Constitution that congress is so found by and sworn to.

    July 15, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Jason, TX

    Wow, the republicans in congress finally grew some! Amazing! Go Obama!

    July 15, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. john amos

    I get sick whenever I hear sen. McCain professing to be the most experience person when it comes to winning wars or defending America, which war has he won?now a days Ameriaca is the biggest joke in the world due to their failure in Iraq, a failure they refused to except, they can only fool the american people, another republican will be the biggest mistake ever in the history America. McCain will make war and bring war on the american people, a typical George Bush and a typical republican, what mind set do a pow has it's nothing but war. McCain could be right to boast cause he's another Bush, is that a good solution to expel China and Russia from the GA, will he expel every nation that will disagree with his policy? It's time ameriacans open their eyes and make the right choice for their own well being, note you can not apply fire to quench fire, America is great,with a good leadership she will regain her amage.

    July 15, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. steve pagnozzi

    How sweet it is! This not only do nothing, but do more harm then good "president" gets a veto. You can bet that what ever Bush is for go the opposite to get the correct answer. I cannot wait 6 more months. I hope this country can get thru this period until someone with a modicum of gray matter takes control and steers this country in the right path. steve

    July 15, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. Military Man

    "If doctors are not able to be properly compensated they will STOP seeing senior patients who depend on Medicare. No one will continue to do the same work and provide the same level of service for LESS money."

    Most people in medicine aren't in it for the money, but for the calling. Any doctor taking care of a medicare/medicaid patient is already doing so at a relative loss ... but to deny good people medical services is unethical. Don't get me wrong, I'm quite happy with congress's decision to over-ride this retarded veto, but as a medical professional, I'm pretty offended by your insinuation a 10% cut in pay would lead the majority of doctors to turn away medicare/medicaid patients. The biggest problem with govt funded health care is the lack of proper monetary compensation (and subsequent sub-par facilities/services). If govt funded health care is ever going to work, it needs to appropriately pay not only the workers, but for the facilities and equipment required.

    I could care less if we had public-financed health care. Personally I think it should remain largely run by the private sector ... but Dubya has really gotta be less intelligent than I thought if he simply thinks cutting doctors' fees is going to do anything productive.

    McCain '08

    July 15, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. NORA, FLORIDA

    HISPANIC FOR MCCAIN THIS IS THE WRONG FORUM WE ARE SPEAKING ABOUT BUSH'S DECISION ON MEDICARE BEING OVERTRUNED BY THE SENATE AND CONGRESS but I understand why you would post your comment in hear. Just another individual who hasn't a clue when it comes to McCain and GOP has done what????? Ooh Amnesty!!!

    July 15, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    That's right, it's an election year, a really bad time to quit trying to buy peoples' votes with their own money. After all, it doesn't matter how much money they waste or give away–they can always print more.

    Politicians! Bah!

    July 15, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Democrats Unite!

    Democrats it time to unite so we can BURY the republicans this november and I dont just mean in the presidential race.

    Barrack put Hillary on the ticket and be done with it. I know she may not be your 1st choice but you can handle Bill Clinton and it high time the party unites focuses on attacking the real enemy.

    Jesse Jackson, John Mclaughin, New Yorker, these are all distractions. Everybody, and I mean everybody, who is sick and tired of the current administration should be helping to make the case against John McCain.

    We should not allow the republican radio talk shows to define the issues the election. McCain is Bush 3rd. Obama is right on Energy, right on the War on Terror both Iraq and Afghanistan, and right on the economy. Hell, Bill Clinton raised taxes on the rich and everything was fine. Bush gave tax breaks to the rich and the whole economy is in shambles. Who killed the electric car? Why aren't the Democratic pounding this issue GM had an electric car ten years ago which they mothballed for profits and pressure from big oil. We have the arguments on our side. We just need every one to FOCUS and SPREAD THE WORD!!

    July 15, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. NORA, FLORIDA

    Oh everyone is running scared for their positions. They figure everyone is watching. I guess members of the Republican party have seen how many seats they are loosing in local and statewide elections. This is a true sign of the times for them. HISPANIC FOR MCCAIN Please Take Note!!!!! B/c if McCain wins in November, you all will be NADA!!!!

    July 15, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Maria

    Hispanic For McCain .......LATINOS can smell a RAT Obama is not for the Latinos.........Can you smell that old Goat McCain ........You do not speak for the HISPANIC COMMUNITY .....win or loose McCain is FIILTY RICH ...........Obama 08/2012!!!!!
    *****************************************************************************PAY ATTENTION –Yes Republicans ! Stop funding Medicare and Social Security ...... But fund that wastefull war in Iraq. You Bet. Because the funds for Iraq go to Haliburton and thus to the Republicans bank accounts.WAKE UP!!!!
    I don't know why you can't smell old Hog JAW McCain !!!
    **JOIN US CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN..........Obama 08/2012

    July 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. Michael J

    LAME DUCK! A good sign a president is weak is when Congress can override a veto.

    July 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Walter, Long Beach

    I hope that people around the country, especially the elderly, will take careful note of which Senators and Congressmen decided to put party above people by voting to sustain Bush's inhumane veto.

    Don't vote to send those misanthropes back to Congress again.

    July 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. AK

    Can Bush not make a single decision which makes sense. What is he doing there ?

    July 15, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. frafcis

    let the american people acknowledge the facts that Sen. John McCain has made wrong decisions in the past therefore he has clearly demonstrated the kind of leader he's going to be, therefore how can he make a good leader, it will be a great mistake to elect a man that wants to expel key nations from the GA, I don't think he's the right person for this present America.

    July 15, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Miguel

    I'm a Hispanic, and I'm for Obama, and the fact that you refer us to as "Latinos people" makes it obvious you aren't hispanic. Nosotros somos hispanos con mucho orgullo, comprendiste este mensaje?

    Anyway, McCain made a living on flip flopping for the past 2 decades or so. McFlipFlop is using the age card to excuse himself from forgeting facts. Let's face it, my grandparents when they were his age, they were less forgetful, and much smarter McFlipFlop has shown.

    July 15, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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