Hawaii's senators vote to override Bush's veto on medicare bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) - Hawaii's congressional delegation voted to override President Bush's veto on an important medicare bill Tuesday.

The bill protects doctors from cuts in medicare payments. The new law stops a nearly 11% cut in medicare payments to doctors, which was part of a scheduled cost-saving formula that went into effect July first.

President Bush called it "wrong" to take choices away from seniors and wants revised legislation reducing medicare spending.

Senator Daniel Akaka says the veto override prevented a severe cut in reimbursement for doctors who treat Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries.

Doctors had threatened to stop taking medicare patients if the cuts went through.