News Round-up: Voters Connect With Deficit Panel Members On Spending Cuts

August 24, 2011

With the work of the 'super committee' picking up steam, news
outlets report on how, while back in their districts for the August
recess, some of the panelists are hearing concerns about Medicare and
other entitlement programs. Meanwhile, former GOP Senator John Danforth
recollects his first-hand experiences with the politics of
deficit-cutting commissions.

Politico: The Perils Of The Super Committee
The event is an early glimpse of what the 12 super committee members
could face after they try to slice $1.2 trillion in spending this fall:
they'll head home to sell their decisions to voters, many of whom are
wary of losing Medicare and Social Security benefits, afraid of seeing
their taxes increase — or will be peeved that Congress could not shift
the fiscal trajectory of the country (Sherman, 8/23).

The Seattle Times: Groups Press Murray For 'Listening Session' On Committee Work
A coalition that includes many important Democratic Party backers is
asking Sen. Patty Murray for a public "listening session" about her role
on the debt-reduction "super committee." The groups, representing
low-income, medical, labor and senior-citizen advocates, say they want
Murray to hold a public session to hear their concerns about the future
of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, according to a copy of their
letter obtained by The Seattle Times (Brunner, 8/23).

Kaiser Health News: Danforth On Super Committee's Task: 'The Problem Is The Cost Of Health Care'
Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey talks with Republican
former Senator John Danforth about the politics of deficit-cutting
commissions and what it will take to tackle the ballooning federal
deficit (8/23).

This article was reprinted from with
permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an
editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family
Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated
with Kaiser Permanente.

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