December 1st, 2016
Healthcare Groups Urge for Repeal of 'Death Panel'
A bipartisan coalition of hundreds of healthcare organizations is urging the new Congress to immediately repeal an advisory board that has not yet been filled but would be charged with finding cuts to Medicare.
The Independent Payment Advisory Board was created by the Affordable Care Act. During debate of the ACA, some opponents labeled the board a “death panel” that would make decision about end-of-life treatment. It is actually meant to make cuts to Medicare in the case that spending growth exceeds projections.
More than 600 National and State Organizations Call On Congress to Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board
IPAB Expected to Trigger in 2017 Threatens Seniors’ Healthcare; Nationwide Survey Shows 3 in 4 Americans Oppose Limiting Access to Care WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 600 organizations – representing patients, employers, veterans, minority groups, and nearly every sector of American healthcare – are joining forces today to urge Congress to act swiftly in repealing […]
Coalition Letter to Congress Requesting the Repeal of IPAB
The undersigned organizations – representing Medicare beneficiaries and patients, all sectors of the healthcare industry as well as employers and other purchasers of health care – believe strongly that the Medicare program must protect patient access to quality healthcare. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), not only poses a threat to that access but also, once activated, will shift healthcare costs to consumers in the private sector and infringe upon the decision making responsibilities and prerogatives of the Congress. We request your support to repeal IPAB.
Don’t Forget About the Independent Payment Advisory Board
The Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, is one of the more notorious provisions of the Affordable Care Act because it is the perfect embodiment of belief in technocratic expertise. The IPAB’s 15 “expert” members would have great power and little accountability.
Since the law’s passage in 2010, opponents have successfully publicized the danger the IPAB poses to sensible Medicare policy and constitutional self-government, to the point that many in Congress now assume it will never go into effect. In June 2015, the House passed legislation to repeal the IPAB in its entirety.
The Affordable Care Act's Rate-Setting Won't Work
Continuing efforts by congressional Republicans to "defund" further implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, even if it takes shutting down the federal government, are willfully destructive. As Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) told the press last week, "I think it's the dumbest idea I've ever heard . . . as long as Barack Obama is president the Affordable Care Act is gonna be law."
Clearly, the foremost achievement of President Obama's first term is the Affordable Care Act, and when fully implemented the law will move America closer to universal health coverage—something many progressives have sought for years. Like it or not, the law—at least its foundation—is here to stay, and lawmakers ought to focus over the next year on ensuring a relatively smooth implementation.
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