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Date:7/14/2008

e than enough to override a presidential veto, but we hope that it doesn't come to that." Dr. Harris expressed concern that if H.R. 6331 is vetoed later this week by the President, an override vote, even if successful, may not take place in time to stop the disruption in claims that will occur after the hold on processing claims is lifted on July 15.

"We ask every United States Senator and member of the House of Representatives, even those who initially voted against H.R 6331, to tell the President today that signing H.R. 6331 into law today is the only way to stop the devastating cuts from going into effect later this week. And to go on record and tell him that they have made an unequivocal commitment to patients and doctors to vote for an override, so there is no illusion in the White House that the President has the votes to sustain a veto."

"Also once H.R. 6331 becomes law, Congress will be able to redirect its attention from just 'stopping the cut' to enacting comprehensive reforms to correct a broken physician payment system," Dr. Harris said. "We look forward to working with Congress and the President on the changes that are needed to once again make internal medicine and primary care the top choices of our best and brightest young people, and to sustain the committed internists who are struggling to keep their practices open when Medicare doesn't even cover their overhead."


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Contact: David Kinsman
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American College of Physicians
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