This past Tuesday, while thousands of Georgians were voting in the General Primary Election, two Georgia Congressmen were voting against overriding the Bush veto of a Medicare bill that among other things eliminates a 10 percent cut in payments to doctors.
House Resolution 6331, the the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, became law Tuesday after the House and Senate overrode President Bush’s veto of the legislation.
Two Georgia Republicans, John Linder and Lynn Westmoreland voted against the veto override [Source: United States House of Representatives, House Roll Call #491, July 15, 2008].
Doug Heckman, Linder’s opponent in the November General Election, praised the bill’s passage saying the measure protects millions of senior citizens and rural military families from losing the care of their physicians.
“Once again, Congressman Linder has no problem funding our soldiers in war, but refuses to fund their needs when they return home. Add this to his vote against the recently passed GI Bill and I see a poor policy trend,” Heckman said.