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Republicans expressed a flicker of wish Thursday a deal could still be reached to at least avert most of the tax raises on Jan. 1, to avoid an abrupt cut in payments to medical providers treating Medicare patients and to extend expiring unemployment benefits recommendations . But both parties' leaders said time is running out . Politico Pro: Sliver Of Hope For A Last-Minute Doc Fix With Congress returning for a uncommon New Calendar year's week session, doctors possess a sliver -; but just a sliver -; of expect a last-minute doc repair. House lawmakers are returning to Washington on Sunday, meaning Congress could have just two days to avert the 27 % plunge in doctors' Medicare payments mandated by the flawed Sustainable Development Rate formula.