Supercommittee Failure Doesn’t End Threats to Medicare, Medicaid
The end of the congressional supercommittee does not spell the end of the threat to Medicare and Medicaid – and to urban safety-net hospitals.
In fact, it may only be a brief pause.
Congress and the administration will continue to wrestle with the budget deficit, and as they do, they will continue to look to Medicare and Medicaid as potential sources of savings. Meanwhile, the spending cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act if the supercommittee failed are scheduled to take effect even as some in Congress are already looking to repeal them.
Read more about the Medicare and Medicaid challenges still to come in this Politico article.