Without the "doc fix," Medicare would cut doctor payments by 27 percent -- a situation, the Heritage Foundation warns, that could "make it unaffordable for many doctors to continue accepting Medicare patients" and leave millions of seniors without care.
Everyone in Washington knows that the next budget deal will paper over the "doc fix" and other promised deficit reducers. What Washington passes, Washington can erase.
While the do-gooders call for the GOP to compromise in the name of balance, they are tipping the scales. Any tax hikes will be immediate. Any spending cuts will be open to revision.