By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
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(CNN) – There is a hidden, vast other side to the fiscal cliff.
A group of issues that have nothing to do with tax rates, but still represent millions of lives, have been orphaned for attention by Washington's superfocus on taxes.
As tax cuts are set to end, unbeknownst to many, so are unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans. And at the same time, every Medicare doctor is facing a threatened cut in pay. The difference now? Some Medicare doctors are giving up and dropping out of the program.
[5:50] Dr. Alice Fuisz, Washington DC: "What’s tough here is the patients caught in the middle of it. And I don’t think it’s right for the patients to have to pay me when they have medicare benefits and so that’s the tough part."
[:30] Judith Conti, lobbyist and advocate for the unemployed, National Employment Law Project, "What we’re hearing about is taxes. After that, there’s still a whole bunch of issues that still need to be figured out."