Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Doug Schoen: The Independent Payment Advisory Board Could Be Obama's Achilles' Heel

Doug Schoen: The Independent Payment Advisory Board Could Be Obama's Achilles' Heel:

One of the most appalling things to come out of Obama Care. Reason enough to junk the whole thing because funding the whole thing relies on the virtual dictators on the IPAB to make ends meet.

"For conservatives, Independents and a growing number of Democrats, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that was created with the passage of last year's health care law represents the worst of health care reform. IPAB would allow an unelected board to singularly enact spending cuts in the Medicare program through binding recommendations to reduce Medicare spending.

Last weekend, Reps. Tim Bishop of New York and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas were the latest Democrats to join the increasing bipartisan effort that opposes IPAB as they signed on as co-sponsors of Rep. Phil Roe's bill to repeal it. Quite simply, IPAB has so many opponents because it embodies centralized planning from Washington, D.C., and enables unelected bureaucrats to make decisions about people's health care. The contrast couldn't be more clear: a new government body (IPAB) charged with taking resources away from the beloved Medicare program."

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