The Takeaway: With Congress Home For The Holidays, Docs Face Steep Medicare Pay Cut

If Congress doesn't pass an extension bill by Jan. 1, payroll taxes will go up for 160 million workers, almost 2 million people could lose unemployment benefits and doctors could see a 27.4 percent pay cut from Medicare. But with the end of 2011 fast approaching"”and lawmakers already having left Washington for the holidays"”that's looking like less and less of a possibility.