Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pelosi vs. Conyers

Here is Speaker Pelosi on CNN's State of the Union program from last weekend responding to a question about the possibility of doctors opting not to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients if the final health care reform bill reduces reimbursement rates:
Well, in the legislation and in our broader agenda here, we have initiatives to promote more doctors, especially in primary care, but perhaps if they're more familiar with what the bill actually does. And that's why we want to finish this third piece so that we can have a document that people can make judgments about. [EA]
And here, of course, is John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan, assessing the chances that he, or other members of Congress, will actually read the bill:

So lawmakers won't be able to read and understand the bill, but doctors will?

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