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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Even though we got through the fiscal cliff, the United States still has a spending problem and there is no solution in sight. Let me cite a prime example.

Inthe fiscal cliff legislation, Congress passed the “doc fix.” Congress had previously voted to decrease payments to Medicare providers. However, since enough doctors threatened to stop treating Medicare patients if the cuts went through, Congress kept postponing the cuts (26.5 percent). This is what the “doc fix” is, and it has vast bipartisan support.

But ObamaCare cuts over $700 billion in reimbursements to Medicare providers in order to pay for itself.

I have three simple questions.

First, if Congress does not allow cuts in reimbursements that it already passed by them to take place, what makes you think that the $700 billion in future cuts will ever take place?

Second, if those cuts do not take place, where will the money come from?

Finally, President Obama stated that the $700+ billion in reimbursement cuts will not affect Medicare recipients. If that is the case, why is there such bipartisan support for the “doc fix”? Obviously, even Democrats do not believe that the cuts will not affect seniors.

I look forward to reading the replies.

Lenny Rodin
Forest Hills

Welcome to the discussion.