Roe’s Legislation to Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board Reaches 150 Cosponsors
Democrats & Republicans reject the president’s
Jul 6, 2011 -
WASHINGTON D.C. –Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement about Democratic and Republican support to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) through his legislation, H.R. 452:
According to its own trustees, Medicare will go bankrupt by 2024, making it clear that Congress must work towards reforming the program without compromising care. However, the president’s solution to reform Medicare is to ration care through the IPAB. Created as part of the health care law, IPAB is a board of unelected bureaucrats whose sole purpose is to decide based on a budget whether to offer Medicare benefits.
IPAB shifts health-care decision-making power away from the patient; it will operate without transparency or accountability, bypassing all congressional oversight; and it places the focus on slashing Medicare costs, rather than on improving the quality of care.
I am pleased there is growing bipartisan support to repeal the IPAB because it will lead to rationing of care by government bureaucrats.
By supporting this bill, Democrats and Republicans are saying with a unified voice that the idea of Washington control over patient health care decisions is unacceptable, and we must preserve Medicare by leaving the power to control health care decisions in patients hands.
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