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  • Obamacare Versus Physician’s Hippocratic Oath

    05/17/2014 6:04:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2014 | Joanne Moudy
    When John R. Ammon, M.D. finished his rigorous training at Harvard and Stanford 36 years ago, he swore to uphold the all important Hippocratic Oath – which proclaims – “Do No Harm.” Looking forward to working as an anesthesiologist, he believed he would never have to compromise that solemn promise. Yet, for Dr. Ammon, as for so many hundreds of thousands of physicians, that oath is progressively more difficult to keep. Dr. Ammon has spent a lifetime of serving and healing his patients. More than just participating in a practice, his personal belief systems made him keenly aware of –...
  • Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS (UK)

    04/23/2014 1:13:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:35AM BST 22 Apr 2014 | Padraic Flanagan and Laura Donnelly
    At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to a NHS study. The deaths from acute kidney injury could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their medication, the researchers say. Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA. The report comes less than a year after the NHS watchdog NICE was forced to issue guidelines on giving...
  • The Quarterback of Obamacare Doesn’t Like the GOP Senators’ Alternative

    02/06/2014 8:10:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 3, 2014 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    Ezekiel Emanuel—Rahm’s older brother and the man who, as far back as 2009, current Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse warned was “quarterbacking the details” of Obamacare—has authored a New York Times op-ed in which he criticizes the proposed alternative released last week by Senators Coburn, Burr, and Hatch. Emanuel, a rather feisty fellow (see his Fox News exchange with Jim Capretta—during which he admitted that, under Obamacare, the “individual market is going away”), has written some, well, provocative things about what he calls the “allocation of scarce medical interventions.” For example, he’d prioritize the lives of the young over the...
  • The Death Panels Are Coming (Not what you think)

    12/02/2013 1:41:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | December 2, 2013 | Paul Walman
    First they said it was about end-of-life counseling, now they say it's about rationing. And it could be making a triumphant return. Now that Healthcare.gov seems to be working reasonably well (at least on the consumer end), Republicans are going to have to find something else they can focus on in their endless war against the Affordable Care Act. So get ready for the return of "death panels." They never really went away. Those who aren't immersed in the fantasy world in which conservatives move were reminded of that last week, when chronicler of changed games Mark Halperin, the embodiment...
  • AWESOME: Megyn Kelly interviews expert on IPAB aka ‘Death Panels’

    11/27/2013 6:40:12 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 17 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | November 26th, 2013
    This is a great interview with Michael Cannon as he explains how IPAB will ration care by reducing what Medicare spends on health care. This coming after Mark Halperin agreed (before walking it back on twitter) that death panels are in fact baked into Obamacare because the IPAB has the ability ration care. Cannon explains that IPAB being able to set Medicare prices (what they pay the doctor or hospital) IS the power to ration care and that the prohibition in Obamacare against rationing care is toothless. And there’s much more. Watch:
  • ObamaCare Death Panels illegally withholding treatment from critically ill

    10/03/2013 9:07:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/3/13 | Doug Book
    For three years the left have railed against Sarah Palin, ridiculing the former Governor’s claims of Death Panels operating within the Affordable Care Act. But Sarah has at last been vindicated. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA)–the state agency which is bringing Oregon health plans into line with ObamaCare mandates–is promoting a guideline which states that “…treatment with intent to prolong survival is not a covered service for patients who have progressive metastatic cancer and are...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Howard Dean Admits Obamacare Includes Death Panels, Wants Them Repealed

    07/29/2013 12:39:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    When Congress debated Obamacare, pro-life advocates and Republicans like Sarah Palin were castigated for claiming the government-run health care program would include death panels that would ration health care treatment. Now, former presidential candidate Howard Dean has essentially admitted they were right and is calling for the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday he called the IPAB “essentially a health-care rationing body” that he believes will fail. “There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting — the essential mechanism of the IPAB — has...
  • The Affordable Care Act's Rate-Setting Won't Work (Howard Dean!)

    07/29/2013 11:08:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2013 | Howard Dean
    Experience tells me the Independent Payment Advisory Board will fail... --snip-- There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting—the essential mechanism of the IPAB—has a 40-year track record of failure. What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs) is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients. Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical...
  • Republicans Are Refusing To Appoint Members To Obamacare 's Most Notorious Panel (Deathpanels)

    05/09/2013 5:25:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 9, 2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    One of the most politically intense fights over the Affordable Care Act was over the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, infamously dubbed a "death panel" by Republicans during the 2010 elections. On Thursday, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that they would keep working to keep opposition alive by doing everything they can to impede the board's implementation. The two leaders wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, notifying him that they would not be submitting any recommendations to the panel because of their opposition to it and to the law in...
  • Another Missed Deadline Ahead for Obamacare

    04/29/2013 3:15:26 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    fox news ^ | 4/29/2013 | By Chris Stirewalt
    Under President Obama’s 2010 health law, the government officials in charge of keeping Medicaid afloat have until Tuesday to report whether costs for the fiscally foundering program will exceed expectations. But they won’t have anywhere to send their report. That’s because the Independent Payment Advisory Board – perhaps the most controversial entity created under Obama’s law – still doesn’t exist. This 15-member board, denounced by critics as a “death panel,” is tasked under the law with determining which patients ought to receive which treatments and whether taxes ought to be raised to finance the program. The board has been the...
  • Independent Payment Advisory Board (Obamacare's most anti-constitutional act ever)

    09/01/2012 4:33:06 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 32 replies
    CATO Institute ^ | June 14, 2012 | Diane Cohen and Michael F. Cannon
    When a member of Congress introduces legislation, the Constitution requires that legislative proposal to secure the approval of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the president (unless Congress overrides a presidential veto) before it can become law. In all cases, either chamber of Congress may block it. In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) created the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. When the unelected government officials on this board submit a legislative proposal to Congress, it automatically becomes law: PPACA requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement it. Blocking an IPAB "proposal"...
  • In 2014 the Obama dictatorship will be complete

    07/09/2012 10:00:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/9/2012 | Doug Book
    Though few Americans are aware of it, the unconscionable ObamaCare ruling of Chief Justice John Roberts stands to provide Barack Hussein Obama unlimited and fundamentally irrevocable power less than 2 years after the November election. For should he win, Obama will acquire the “legal” authority to select 15 individuals whose word will automatically become the law of the land. Within the 2500 pages of the comically-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is cached the 2014 establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Nominated exclusively by the president, the 15 members of the Board will ostensibly be tasked with “…prevent[ing]...
  • Urologists Concerned About "key aspects" of Law

    06/29/2012 4:16:11 AM PDT · by saywhatagain · 15 replies
    Modern Medicine ^ | Jun 28, 2012
    "While we strongly advocate the provision of care for the millions of uninsured Americans who will benefit from the legislation, we are concerned that there are key aspects to this law that will, ultimately, hurt this nation’s ability to provide widespread care for its citizens," the statement said. "Since the PPACA was passed in 2010, organizations representing urologists nationwide have been working with lawmakers and regulators to demonstrate how certain provisions of the PPACA—including the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board [IPAB] and the value-based modifier—will negatively impact physicians’ ability to provide quality care to patients. Though we applaud...
  • Cato Study: Heretofore Unreported Obamacare 'Bug' Puts IPAB Completely Beyond Congress' Reach

    06/14/2012 4:47:42 PM PDT · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 17 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | 14 June 2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    Today, the Cato Institute releases a new study by Diane Cohen and me (me as in the co-author of the study, not the one posting this executive summary on FR) titled, “The Independent Payment Advisory Board: PPACA’s Anti-Constitutional and Authoritarian Super-Legislature.” Cohen is a senior attorney at the Goldwater Institute and lead counsel in the Coons v. Geithner lawsuit challenging IPAB and other aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. ObamaCare. From the executive summary: When the unelected government officials on this board submit a legislative proposal to Congress, it automatically becomes law: PPACA requires...
  • Editorial: To cut health costs, doctors, hospitals must end unneeded medical procedures

    04/08/2012 12:06:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/8/12 | Editor
    For weeks now, the nation has been riveted by arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court over one provision of the Affordable Care Act. Does the law's requirement that every adult buy health insurance violate the U.S. Constitution? We think it does not. Yet even if the court ultimately shares that view, the federal health care reform law will face monumental hurdles to be successfully implemented. The biggest of these is its cost. Can the nation afford to insure all its citizens? If we don't get a handle on rising health care costs the answer to that more important question is...
  • Obamacare rationing panels an ‘immediate danger to seniors’: former AMA president

    03/22/2012 2:41:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 22, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    March 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Concerns over the new health care law’s system for rationing health care - famously dubbed the “death panels” by Sarah Palin - have been reinforced by a former head of the American Medical Association, who said the advisory panels “will essentially mean rationed care” for the elderly. Former AMA President Donald Palmisano wrote in a Daily Caller column Monday that the Independent Payment Advisory Boards (IPAB), tasked with keeping Medicare expenses under control, would have little oversight as they deal with the disproportionate cost burden from seniors with greater medical needs. “The 15 officials who...
  • House Will Kill Obamacare's Medicare Rationing Panel This Week

    03/19/2012 12:53:59 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies · 1+ views
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-16 | Ryan Ellis
    The U.S. House of Representatives this week will be voting on H.R. 452, the “Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011.” This bill would repeal the Medicare rationing board known as “IPAB,” and is part of a full repeal of the jobs-killing Obamacare law. The harmful Obamacare law created a new and unelected government panel known as “IPAB.” The basic role of IPAB would be to institute price controls and rationing within the Medicare system. This is the same type of wrong-headed price controls attempted in socialized medicine systems throughout the world. It doesn’t work anywhere else, and it won’t work...
  • End Obamacare, don’t mend it

    03/16/2012 1:32:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2012 | Rep. Steve King & Sen. Jim DeMint
    Americans must ensure Republicans don’t settle for partial repealEvery election, voters are told that this election is the most important of our lifetimes. In most elections, it’s not really true. In 2012, though, it probably is true, for one reason: Obamacare. Two years after a Democratic Congress and President Obama foisted onto the American people an unpopular trillion-dollar takeover of American health care, we know that Obamacare is, in fact, even more unpopular than before and that it will cost almost $2 trillion. The American people were told Obamacare would reduce health care costs, but premiums already are jumping. The...
  • On Tyranny and Liberty: Would the Founders approve of the nation we’ve made?

    10/27/2011 3:18:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2011 | Myron Magnet
    A U.S. Supreme Court justice recounted over cocktails a while ago his travails with his hometown zoning board. He wanted to build an addition onto his house, containing what the plans described as a home office, but he met truculent and lengthy resistance. This is a residential area, a zoning official blustered—no businesses allowed. The judge mildly explained that he would not be running a business from the new room; he would be using it as a study. Well, challenged the suspicious official, what business are you in? I work for the government, the justice replied. Okay, the official finally...
  • Bipartisan Rejection of Obamacare’s IPAB Rationing Board Grows

    07/21/2011 12:47:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Heritage ^ | 7/21/11 | Todd Thurman
    This week, the House Budget Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee held hearings to examine the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board of unelected bureaucrats tasked under Obamacare to reduce the growth in Medicare spending. During the Budget Committee hearing, Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, described the board: [T]he IPAB is unprecedented in the power given to unelected officials to direct hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending. The IPAB will give unelected, unaccountable government appointees the power to make decisions about payment policy in Medicare that will ultimately determine whether millions of seniors have access...
  • IPAB: “The Roach After the Nuclear Blast.”

    07/18/2011 3:06:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Reason ^ | July 13, 2011 | Peter Suderman
    ObamaCare’s Medicare cost-control panel may be unworkable, unconstitutional, and a barrier to real reform. It’s also very difficult to repeal. A small army of health policy wonks helped Democrats pack ObamaCare full of big ideas that they hoped would transform American health care, making it less expensive and more effective. Perhaps the biggest of those ideas is IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a 15-member panel of bureaucrats appointed by the president and tasked with holding total Medicare spending to predetermined spending targets. The panel’s name suggests it’s merely an advisor to Congress, which has traditionally been in charge of...
  • Paul Ryan Schools HHS Secretary on Patient-Centered Medicare Reform

    07/12/2011 4:44:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 7/12/11 | Kathryn Nix
    This morning, the House Budget Committee invited Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the left’s weapon of choice for tackling Medicare’s $38 trillion in unfunded promises to America’s seniors. Both sides of the debate agree that extensive reductions to Medicare’s runaway spending are needed, and have even proposed comparable targets for growth in spending. The key difference, then lies in who makes the difficult decisions regarding seniors’ health care under the chosen direction for reform: Patients, or bureaucrats? Sec. Sebelius argued that IPAB, a board of unelected officials tasked...
  • Sebelius downplays importance of IPAB

    07/12/2011 9:53:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Philip Klein
    Testifying before the House Budget Committee on Monday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius downplayed the importance of the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board, which has been touted in the past by the administration as a central part of the strategy for containing the program's long-term costs. Republicans have attacked the 15-member board of health care experts as a rationing panel that would have sweeping powers to impose changes to the program if Congress doesn't keep Medicare spending growth at certain targets. Sebelius spent most of her opening statement explaining
  • Medicare Payment Board Draws Brickbats (Independent Payment Advisory Board = rationing)

    07/12/2011 3:59:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    GPB ^ | 7/12/11 | Julie Rovner
    Medicare Payment Board Draws BrickbatsBy 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...
  • Repeal IPAB

    06/17/2011 10:10:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 1+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | June 16, 2011 | The Editors
    The best way for congressional Republicans to make the case for the Paul Ryan budget is to contrast it with the Democrats’ plan. To the extent the Democrats have one, it centers on empowering the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of 15 bureaucrats, to make cuts to Medicare. This is a constitutionally suspect scheme that will make Medicare worse for seniors while leaving in place all the program’s perverse incentives, which distort the rest of the health-care market. Republicans should vote to kill IPAB. The board was established by Obamacare — it’s one of the cost-saving measures...
  • George Will: Government by the ‘experts’

    06/10/2011 7:30:04 PM PDT · by inkling · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2011 | George Will
    "The legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands... The power of the legislative, being derived from the people... [is] only to make laws, and not to make legislators." — John Locke, “Second Treatise of Government”Here, however, is a paradox of sovereignty: The sovereign people, possessing the right to be governed as they choose, might find the exercise of that right tiresome and so might choose to be governed in perpetuity by a despot they cannot subsequently remove. Congress did something like that in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. The point...
  • Dems figure they can win as 'Party of No'

    05/31/2011 6:20:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 30, 2011 | Masthead Editorial
    During the summer of 2009, in the early stages of the health care debate, a frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., lamented that he wasn't getting any cooperation from Republicans. "On something as important as health care, you would think people would be interested in working together," Reid grumbled. "Republicans aren't interested in working with Democrats. That's pretty clear. ... The party of no is hoping that we trip and fall." This "Party of No" rhetoric was parroted by nearly every liberal writer. It is less common today, now that the tables have turned. The new Republican House majority...
  • Obama's IPAB Board Will Control Medicare Decisions

    05/27/2011 11:44:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/27/11 | Betsy McCaughey
    A toxic political strategy is spreading across the land, one that involves Medicare. It threatens to bamboozle voters and allow the 2012 election to turn on a lie. Democrats are making the obscenely false claim that they will "save Medicare as we've known it." On Wednesday, Democrats used this deceptive strategy to take the special election in the 26th congressional district in western New York. Sadly, this corrupt strategy is likey to be repeated. Voters need to know the facts. The truth is, the Obama health law, passed by Democrats last year, already eviscerated Medicare — though seniors won't feel...
  • Government Death Panels Won’t Kill You – Unless You’re Sick And Weak

    05/26/2011 7:25:16 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 28 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 5/26/2011 | David Hogberg
    ObamaCare supporters fervently believe that science will prevail in systems that are controlled by politicians. It is usually the unstated assumption behind their arguments defending the Independent Payment Advisory Board. They seem to believe it so blindly that they can’t see evidence to the contrary even when it is right in front of their noses.
  • The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is NICE

    05/10/2011 2:19:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 10, 2011 | Joe Herring
    In March of 2010, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously said, "We have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what is in it." Subsequent study of this leviathan legislation has brought some truly startling revelations to light; however, the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will likely prove the most dangerous to our liberty. IPAB is a fifteen-member board, appointed by the president and charged with developing recommendations regarding procedures, medications, and spending priorities for Medicare and Medicaid. Ostensibly, the board members are to discover ways to implement the best practices,...
  • Death Panels Crop Up Again as Obama Mentions IPAB in Medicare

    04/22/2011 8:35:51 AM PDT · by julieee · 4 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Death Panels Crop Up Again as Obama Mentions IPAB in Medicare Washington, DC -- The issue of death panels is cropping up again as President Barack Obama and members of Congress consider competing plans to budget the federal government and to curb spending, the debt and deficit. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/04/22/death-panels-crop-up-again-as-obama-mentions-ipab-in-medicare/
  • IPAB Is an Acronym for 'Death Panel'

    04/22/2011 7:19:49 AM PDT · by freespirited · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 04/22/11 | David Catron
    Contemplating the 2012 election that can already be seen looming on the distant horizon, the President's advisors were no doubt hoping that the "death panel" debate was dead. But Obama himself inadvertently resurrected it when ...he claimed that Medicare costs will be kept under control by the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Obamacare opponents have been screaming about this committee since it was first added to the "reform" bill. And, since that time, anyone with the temerity to call it by its proper name -- death panel -- has been vilified by the Democrats and the "news" media. Nonetheless, that's...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    04/20/2011 8:43:35 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 142 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | 04/20/2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • IPAB, Obama, and Socialism

    04/19/2011 4:16:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 18, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    They’re back. Rationing, death panels, socialism, all those nasty old words that helped bring Republicans victory in 2010, and that came to seem so impolite after November of that year. They’re back because of IPAB. Remember that acronym. It stand for The Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB is the real death panel, the true seat of rationing, and the royal road to health-care socialism. President Obama won’t admit to any of that, but his speech in response to Paul Ryan’s plan did push IPAB out of the shadows and into public view, however briefly. If Republicans don’t seize the IPAB...
  • O's 'expert' Rx for sicker seniors

    04/19/2011 3:35:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 18, 2011 | Rich Lowry
    What President Obama's budget speech last week lacked in details it made up for in an obnoxious faith in the surpassing wisdom of unelected experts. Why does Obama need specifics when he has the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB? If spending on health care is the biggest driver of government spending, then IPAB is Obama's most important deficit-reduction initiative. It is a panel of 15 presidentially appointed experts. They will have more power over Medicare than the average member of Congress, whose only credential -- embarrassingly enough -- is being a duly-elected representative of the people under the Constitution...
  • Unelected Medical Boards Fail To Cut Health Care Costs

    08/11/2010 7:08:35 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 1 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 8/11/2010 | David Hogberg
    Jonathan Cohn takes issue with Republicans who want to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB, created under ObamaCare, will consist of 15 members appointed by the White House and Senate. They will recommend changes to Medicare payments in years that Medicare exceeds set spending targets. Congress can override IPAB, but only if it comes up with equivalent savings. According to Cohn:
  • ObamaCare: A NICE Kettle Of Fish

    05/06/2010 5:40:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 342+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 6, 2010 | DAVID GRATZER
    With the presidential ink not quite dry on the health overhaul legislation, Republicans and their conservative allies promise to repeal it. That could prove a long battle, one that could stretch out for years. But opponents of the administration's plan should take heart. One of its main proposals is on the cusp of being repealed. Not here in America, but across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom. With health costs spiraling, one of the core ideas of the White House's health takeover is the creation of an independent body of experts to steer clinical decisions. IPAB, the Independent Payments Advisory...