Fifty-year-old Teri Moore bends over in pain as she waits treatment for belly pain, persistent coughing and vomiting at Cook County Stroger Hospital in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

March 27 (Bloomberg) — Congress is racing to beat a March 31 deadline to avoid a 24 percent cut in physician payment rates under Medicare.

Still, there’s no sense of panic leading up to the vote — it’s accepted that lawmakers of both parties will agree to delay the cuts. It’ll be the 17th time they’ve done so in a decade.

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