Emerging Boehner-Pelosi deal on Medicare doctors draws potent allies and foes as vote nears

Lifestyle and BudgetAssociated Press

A budding bipartisan House deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups.

But the proposal is also attracting influential foes like AARP. A House vote seems likely late next week, shortly before Congress begins a two-week spring recess, but its Senate fate is less clear.

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House aides released an outline of the emerging measure late Friday.

It shows that besides changing how Medicare pays doctors, it would provide two more years of money for the Children's Health Insurance Program and community health centers. It will also boost Medicare costs for some higher-earning beneficiaries.