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What, he worry? Boehner hopes for a doc fix buzzer-beater.

What, he worry? Boehner hopes for a doc fix buzzer-beater.

Good morning, ProviderNation.

The doc fix is on the clock. You’ll have heard by now that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have worked out an in-principle deal that would repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate. But, as AHCA/NCAL top gun Clif Porter tells us, time is running out.

No sooner had those words left Porter’s lips, then Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called a time out. He said he was worried that some language in the grand bargain would be an attack on abortion rights, which the Distinguished Gentleman referred to as a “non-starter.”

And that’s before the play had been properly diagrammed. One of our Hill reliables tells us that the bill also doesn’t settle that nasty question of who picks up the $170-billion some check. The legislation would try to “limit” the cost of repeal-and-replace by, among other things, cutting post-acute care providers’ Medicare “market basket” to 1 percent starting in 2018.

So much time, so little to see: it’s unusual for this sector to have such attention paid to it, but Fox News’ inestimable Chad Pegram thinks this is the week “that could break the House.”

Then again, it’s the season for shot clocks, what?

Bill Myers is Provider’s senior editor. Email him at wmyers@providermagazine.com. Follow him on Twitter, @ProviderMyers.

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