The article “With no deal, cuts will start biting in 1st week of March” (Page A5, Feb. 24) notes that people’s unemployment checks may drop by an average of $132 a month as of late March or early April. In addition, physicians’ Medicare reimbursements would be reduced. A lot of defense and education cuts would also happen if sequestration goes into effect as scheduled on Friday.
Doctors would treat fewer Medicare patients. Jobless people, already struggling to get by on their present benefits, would have an even harder time making ends meet. The article suggests that the impact of sequestration could be eased by cutting Medicare further and cutting Medicaid.