Skip to comments.Medicare Payment Board Draws Brickbats (Independent Payment Advisory Board = rationing)
Posted on 07/12/2011 3:59:08 AM PDT by Libloather
Medicare Payment Board Draws Brickbats
By Julie Rovner
Tue., July 12, 2011 3:00am (EDT)
One thing both Democrats and Republicans agree on is that they can't solve the deficit problem without slowing the growth of the massive Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.
But here's an irony. Republicans and a growing number of Democrats also seem to agree that they don't like the one aspect of last year's Affordable Care Act that actually would effectively reduce Medicare spending.
It's called the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB for short.
Republicans hate it. A lot.
"I believe it is a rationing board that is going to ration care for our seniors," said Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) at a news conference last month.
Added Rep.Diane Black (R-TN) at that same event, "a board that is appointed people that are going to make decisions about what kind of care is going to be given to the patients will destroy the very core of what has made our medical system the best in the world."
Democrats don't use such hyperbole, but more than half a dozen have signed on as cosponsors of a bill that would repeal the board. And many more, particularly Democrats in the House, never supported creating the board in the first place.
What the law actually calls for is a board of 15 health experts, to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Their task is to make recommendations for ways to reduce Medicare payments without cutting benefits or increasing costs to Medicare beneficiaries.
(Excerpt) Read more at gpb.org ...
Like good little Marxists, the Rat rank and file were not expected to read and understand it; no, they were expected to rubber stamp Dear Leader's bill. They did. Now they complain?
“That also means all that ‘doctor-patient confidentiality’ goes right out the window.”
If you don’t personally pay the bill, what do you expect?