Super Committee Holds Public Hearing; CHA Encourages Members to Attend Advocacy Day

On Oct. 26, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “super committee,” held its first public hearing in weeks, featuring testimony from Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf.

The hearing focused on discretionary spending, which does not include mandatory spending programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The super committee also used the hearing to signal to the public that, while no deal on deficit reduction has been reached, the committee is making progress toward a plan that can pass both houses of Congress.

Super committee Co-Chair Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced another public hearing for Nov. 1. This hearing will focus on previous deficit-reduction proposals and feature testimony from former Sens. Alan Simpson and Pete Domenici, as well as federal budget experts Erksine Bowles and Alice Rivlin.

CHA encourages health care leaders to contact their congressional representatives and ask them to relay a message to their colleagues on the super committee that hospitals cannot withstand further cuts. In conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Advocacy Day on Nov. 3, CHA urges members to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with their representatives in person. More information regarding the Advocacy Day is available at www.calhospital.org/memo/hospital-advocacy-day-set-nov-3-washington-dc.