The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, better known as the "super committee" is preparing to meet. In those meetings, the 12-member panel has been charged by Congress and the White House to reduce the 10-year budget deficit another $1.5 trillion by November.
Those meetings could make or break the ability of many in rural America to receive proper health care.
That's because if Congress rejects or President Barack Obama vetoes the super committee's proposed budget reduction package, spending would be cut by $1.2 trillion automatically, including 2 percent across-the-board cuts to all Medicare providers. Benefit cuts and cost sharing for the ever-rising number of rural seniors are excluded.
What that means is physicians must provide the same level of services to their Medicare patients but do so for 98 cents on the current government dollar--a dollar that is already below actual costs.