Roe Statement on Vote to Repeal the IPAB
Mar 22, 2012 -
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) made the following statement on passage of his legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), H.R. 5:
“As a physician and a lawmaker, I believe our common goal should be to save, protect and preserve Medicare.
“That is why I am pleased the House has passed the bipartisan Medicare Decisions Accountability Act – legislation that will protect Medicare from harmful cuts by repealing one of the most dangerous aspects created by the Affordable Care Act – the IPAB. The board directly inserts the government into seniors’ health care decision-making process, and it will limit access to care. Made up of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats appointed by the president, the IPAB is tasked with meeting a budget and making cuts to Medicare.
“Instead of dramatically cutting Medicare dollars, which will lead to decreased quality and access to care, we should be looking at ways to save the program and improve the quality of care we are providing our seniors.”
The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act has 234 bipartisan cosponsors. This is the 26th time the House has voted to repeal or defund the president’s health care law, a law that has made it harder for small businesses in America to hire new workers.