House votes to override veto on Medicare bill

July 15, 2008 2:05:37 PM PDT
The House has voted to override President Bush's veto of legislation protecting doctors from a 10.6 percent cut in their reimbursement rates when treating Medicare patients. Tuesday's vote was 383-41, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority needed for an override.

Bush has vetoed bills nine times and has been overridden only twice before.

The Senate also must vote, and it was expected to conduct a veto override vote later Tuesday.

Bush supports rescinding the pay cut. But he objects to the way lawmakers would finance the plan, which would be largely by reducing spending on private health plans serving the elderly and disabled.

Supporters of the legislation said the government pays the plans too much and that reducing payments would save the program and taxpayers money in the long run.