Boehner, Pelosi see House passage of agreement helping Medicare doctors, children's health

Lifestyle and BudgetAssociated Press

House leaders say their chamber will approve a bipartisan compromise this week preventing deep cuts in physicians' Medicare fees and extending health care funds for children and low-income seniors.

House Speaker John Boehner said the Republican-led House would approve the measure Thursday. He says one major accomplishment is the measure's increase in medical premiums paid by high-income Medicare recipients, a rare bipartisan agreement to retool the costly health insurance program for the elderly.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the measure would get strong support from Democrats. She said she was glad the measure would provide two more years of extra money for the popular Children's Health Insurance Program.

The measure's fate is less certain in the Senate, where some Democrats have criticized the measure's curbs on abortions.