Fiscal cliff talks stuck on spending cut demand: source

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:19pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate negotiators trying to seal a pact to avert the "fiscal cliff" are hung up over demands that new spending cuts be found to pay for a cost associated with fixing a Medicare issue, according to a congressional aide.

The aide, who asked not to be identified, said the disagreement revolves around demands that $30 billion in spending cuts be found to prevent a significant pay cut to doctors treating elderly Medicare patients.

Without congressional action, that pay cut would begin on January 1 and it could discourage doctors from treating Medicare patients.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Will Dunham)

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lawgone wrote:
Many doctors already choose not to take Medicaid and Medicare patients because it does pay much so cutting it more will force the few that do take it to stop treating people that have it. With Obamacare anyone that is making 29K or less per year will automatically placed on Medicaid in 2014, that translates to millions of people added to the government system. In short, it solves nothing. The argument at the time Obamacare was shoved down our throats was that these people go to the emergency room to get their medical care. That will still be the case, it changes nothing except longer lines in the ER and the taxpayers will now be footing the bill.

Dec 31, 2012 2:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Medicare has to control costs. Doctors can take it or leave. Many doctors threaten to cut off medicare patients, but it’s a huge chunk of business they miss out on. Keep the costs under control, let the doctors drop off if they want to. Their choice.

Dec 31, 2012 4:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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