Obama signs ‘doc fix’ bill in the Rose Garden

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from USAToday,

President Obama summoned reporters to the White House Rose Garden on a nice spring day Thursday to sign the new bill on Medicare payments to doctors.

“I decided that on a day like today, we shouldn’t be inside,” a shirt-sleeved Obama said.

The president praised congressional leaders from both parties for the “doc fix” bill that includes provisions for a children’s health care program. He said the plan will make the health care system “smarter,” without denying service.

“This was a bipartisan effort, Republicans and Democrats coming together to do something that’s smart and common sense,” Obama said. “My hope is it becomes a habit.”

He declined to take questions, including one about how the bill might affect the budget deficit.

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