News Roundup: Winners And Losers In The Post-Super Committee Landscape

December 1, 2011

Many domestic programs will feel pain, but Medicaid appears to be part of the "protected" class. Meanwhile, news outlets continue to report on the pending Medicare physician pay cut and how fixing this scheduled reduction could trigger cuts in other parts of the health care sector.

Politico: Mandatory Budget Cuts After Super Committee Failure Will Trigger Pain For Some
By any name, they mean pain, both for the Pentagon and for the weaklings among domestic programs. But there are winners, too: A protected class of individuals and programs — including congressional pensions — won't bear any burden. The writers of the August debt-limit deal ensured that the deficit wouldn't be closed with automatic cuts to Social Security or Medicaid, tax hikes or even changes to their own pensions or death benefits (Allen, 11/28).

The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog: Back On The 'Doc Fix' Watch As Medicare Cuts Loom
It seems like just yesterday that Congress passed a one-year fix for Medicare reimbursement cuts. Unfortunately, time has flown, and we find ourselves back on the "doc fix" watch — though this year, there's a 24.7 percent cut looming (Hobson, 11/28).

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.