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Monday, September 8, 2008


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn got the message when TEXPAC pulled our endorsement for his reelection this summer after he did not vote to prevent the 10.6-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments. He subsequently voted for the bill, after hearing from many Texas physicians, and then voted to override President Bush’s veto. This gave medicine breathing room to work for a permanent Medicare payment fix before December 2009, and Senator Cornyn is campaigning on that issue. Our actions earned TMA and TEXPAC positive national publicity and helped to focus attention on the serious problems with the Medicare financing system. After a lengthy and passionate discussion, the TEXPAC Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion to reinstate our endorsement. Sometimes you fight hardest with those to whom you are closest. We look forward to working with Senator Cornyn to ensure Medicare’s long-term viability.

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