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IPAB & “Denying Care”



The Controversial Obamacare Panel Has Drawn Harsh Criticism From House Democrats, Silence From Democrat Senators


IPAB Will ‘Do The Inevitable Dirty Work Of Denying Care’


MEDICAL GROUPS: “The IPAB reductions … could jeopardize both access for Medicare beneficiaries and even infrastructure for the entire health care system.” (Letter To Sen. Reid And Rep. Pelosi, 73 Medical Groups, 1/11/10)


“…the IPAB’s true end game, is harsher and more arbitrary price controls and eventually limits on the care patients are allowed to receive.” (Editorial, “Independent Payment Advisory Revolt,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/9/12)


·         “… the IPAB really does embody ObamaCare’s innermost values and beliefs—to wit, that health decisions are too important to leave to the people receiving the care (patients), the people providing the care (doctors and hospitals), the people paying for the care (taxpayers), or even the people who got the government involved in the first place (politicians).” (Editorial, “Independent Payment Advisory Revolt,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/9/12)


“As usual, the most dangerous parts of ObamaCare aren’t receiving the scrutiny they deserve … this remote, impersonal and unaccountable central committee [will] to do the inevitable dirty work of denying care.” (Editorial, “The Rationing Commission,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/15/09)


FMR WH OFFICIAL: IPAB Would Make America ‘Less Democratic,’ ‘Less Accountable To Voters’


PETER ORSZAG, Former OMB Director: “[B]uild a new set of rules and institutions … making them a bit less democratic … less accountable to voters.” “…we need to jettison the Civics 101 fairy tale about pure representative democracy and instead begin to build a new set of rules and institutions … relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic. … reduce the power of elected officials and therefore make our government somewhat less accountable to voters.” (Peter Orszag, “Too Much Of A Good Thing,” The New Republic, 9/14/11)


·         “Perhaps the most dramatic example of this idea is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), created as part of the recent health care reform legislation.” (Peter Orszag, “Too Much Of A Good Thing,” The New Republic, 9/14/11)


“Peter R. Orszag was President Obama’s first budget director, helping to shape … the health care legislation passed in early 2010.” (“Peter R. Orszag,” The New York Times, 8/12/10)


Repeal Supported By 20 House Dems, Zero Senate Dems


“…a bill from Tennessee Republican Phil Roe that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, the new ObamaCare bureaucracy with vast powers to control health care and health markets starting next year. A straight majority of the House has joined Mr. Roe as co-sponsors—some 234 Members, including 20 Democrats.” (Editorial, “Independent Payment Advisory Revolt,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/9/12)


·         20 Democrats Have Co-Sponsored H.R.452, The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act Of 2011: Reps. Joe Baca (D-CA), John Barrow (D-GA), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Timothy Bishop (D-NY), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Donna Christensen (D-VI), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Eddie Johnson (D-TX), Larry Kissell (D-NC), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Mike Ross (D-AR), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA). (H.R.452, Introduced 1/26/11)


REP. ALLYSON SCHWARTZ (D-PA): “I cannot condone the implementation of a flawed policy that will risk beneficiary access to care.” (Rep. Schwartz, “Schwartz: IPAB Is The Wrong Path Toward Medicare Payment Reform,” Press Release, 4/15/11)


REP. FRANK PALLONE (D-NJ): “I’ve never supported it… I’m opposed to independent commissions or outside groups playing a role other than on a recommendatory basis.” (“Dems Split On Health Payment Panel,” Politico, 7/10/11)


REP. LARRY KISSELL (D-NC): “We must leave as much of the decision making surrounding healthcare where it belongs – between patients and their doctors.” (Rep. Kissell, “This Week In Washington,” Press Release, 3/18/11)

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