Roe Leads Bipartisan House Effort to Repeal the IPAB
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Drs. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) led a bipartisan press conference on the need to act quickly to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The Affordable Care Act offers a statutory path to repeal the IPAB utilizing “fast-track” procedures in the Senate, but that authority expires on August 15, 2017.
Roe released the following statement:
“With the fast-track deadline of August 15 quickly approaching, it’s critical that both the House and Senate take this unique opportunity to repeal one of the worst parts of the ACA, the IPAB. The IPAB would be made up of 15 unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats that would be granted sweeping powers to ‘reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.’ Unfortunately, these deep cuts would have to be made all in one year, and Congress has no oversight and no legal or administrative remedy, or power to object. I have consistently pushed for repealing the IPAB, and I believe that members of Congress in both chambers can put party politics aside, come together and do what’s right for our seniors.”
In February, Roe introduced two pieces of legislation to repeal the authority to empanel the IPAB. The two bills introduced would repeal the IPAB immediately and completely. The first, H.J.Res. 51, would utilize a section of the ACA itself and allow the Senate to utilize a “fast track” parliamentary mechanism to repeal the board. The second, H.R. 849, is the same bill Rep. Roe has introduced in previous Congresses to repeal the board, which has previously passed the House. Both bills have overwhelming bipartisan, bicameral support.