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by Roy Afflerbach on 12/05/13
There is a chance the Budget Conference Committee in DC may announce a deal by the deadline of December 13th -- perhaps as early as this week -- a 50/50 chance. Is that really the best they can do?
Unfortunately, it appears that it is. But it's hard to tell because no one involved in the actual committee is talking. Coalitions of interested parties are meeting and comparing notes, but the truth of the matter is that no one guess is better than the next.
Nevertheless, a couple of things appear certain as we piece together bits and pieces of conversation. First, there will be no "Grand Bargain". Second, there will be no long term, not even a 12 month, solution.
It was hoped that at least the SGR legislation needed to preserve medical provider fees would receive a permanent fix to finally eliminate the annual prospect of cutting physician fees by 25%. Now, that too, appears illusive.
Of course, when the same Honorable souls who nearly brought down the government over the debt ceiling are now poised to double the price of milk for everyone by failing to enact a farm bill, we should not be surprised that the more difficult issues are too much for them to compromise.
But hope does beat eternal in the human breast!