Congress needs to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board
Now is a particularly difficult time to enter into any debate on health care in our country without the expectation of strong partisan divide. However, there is an opportunity that has bipartisan support and a need for action right now.
Independent Payment Advisory Board still in Congress' crosshairs
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed, the much maligned Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), incorrectly labeled a death panel by the law’s opponents, has sat dormant. It has escaped scrutiny during the major debates this summer about repealing and replacing the ACA, but it is certainly not forgotten by all.
Deadline to Kill the Death Panel
Health policy experts Grace-Marie Turner and Doug Badger have an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal noting that Congress has the opportunity before August 15 to pass a bipartisan resolution that would bring an end to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, an entity that threatens health access for millions of Medicare beneficiaries. The text […]
Americans for Tax Reform: IPAB Repeal Should Not Require Budget Offsets
The Americans for Tax Reform organization has issued a statement saying that the Independent Payment Advisory Board would undermine healthcare quality and access for 55 million Americans and should be repealed by Congress. Further, ATR insists that, even though IPAB repeal is scored as costing money, lawmakers should not be constrained in repealing the ill-conceived […]
Citizens Against Government Waste Blog Takes on IPAB
In its “Swine Blog,” Citizens Against Government Waste points out that, even though the law creating the Independent Payment Advisory Board prohibits “rationing” of healthcare services to beneficiaries in order to meet spending reduction targets, it is what will occur if physicians begin to further restrict the number of Medicare patients they see because of […]
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