Wicker Statement on Medicare Override Vote

July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today voted to override President Bush’s veto of recently passed Medicare legislation, saying Congress has run out of the time needed to pass legislation that stops pay cuts to doctors while also preserving Medicare benefits for millions of Americans.  After the vote, Wicker issued the following statement: 

“I continue to believe there were better ways to prevent these doctors’ pay cuts from going into effect.  However, we are now in the eleventh hour and there is not enough time to work out a more responsible solution to this problem.  It is important that we now move forward, which is why I voted to pass the bill over the president’s veto.  I remain committed to working with my Senate colleagues to preserve some form of competition and choice within Medicare and permanently fix the pay formula for doctors.”