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Obamacare’s Most Powerful Bureaucracy

Obamacare’s Most Powerful Bureaucracy

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Even Democrats Are Opposed To Giving Bureaucrats Free Reign To Slashing Medicare For Senior
Even Democrats Are Opposed To Giving Bureaucrats Free Reign To Slashing Medicare For Senior

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Paid for by the Republican National Committee.310 First Street SE - Washington, D.C. 20003 - (202) 863-8500 - www.gop.com
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
 
July 12, 2011
Obamacare’s Most Powerful Bureaucracy
 
Even Democrats Are Opposed To Giving Bureaucrats Free ReignTo Slashing Medicare For Seniors
______________________________________________________________________
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius To Address The House Budget Committee On
“Medicare’s Future:
An Examination Of The Ind 
ependent Payment Advisory Board” 
On July 12, 2011 At 10:00 AM.
 
,Accessed 7/11/11)
OBAMACARE’S
BOARD GIVEN POWER TO CUT MEDICARE BENEFITS FOR SENIORS
ObamaCare Created The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) “To Come Up With Ways ToCut Medicare Spending If It Grows Too Fast.”
“That’s the job description for the 15 me
mbers of theIndependent Payment Advisory Board
 
the new panel created by President Barack Obama’s health carelaw to come up with ways to cut Medicare spending if it grows too fast.”
 
(David Nather, “Medicare Cost 
-Cutting Job Could Be
Worst in D.C.,” 
,5/14/11)
 
Membership To The Board Not Limited to Doctors.
“The appointment membership of the board shall
include (but shall not be limited to) physicians and other health professionals, experts in the area of pharmaco-economics or prescription drug benefit programs, employers, third-party payers, individualsskilled in the conduct and interpretation of biomedical, health services, and health economics research andexpertise in outcomes and effectiveness research and technology assessment. Such membership shall also
include representatives of consumers and the elderly.”
 
(“Sec.3403. Independent [Medicare] Payment Advisory Board,”
 
IPAB ALLOWS BUREAUCRATS TO THROW
“GRANNY OVER THE CLIFF”
BY RATIONINGCARE
 
Industry Groups Worry That IPAB’s Actions Will Result in “Rationing.”
 
While the board is not supposed to be able to cut benefits, industry groups fear that its actions would result in rationing care. The
board … could cut payments to health care providers.”
 
(Duff Wilson, “Industry Aims At Medicare Board,” 
 11/4/10)
 
IPAB Will Allow Bureaucrats To “Throw Granny Over The Cliff.”
 
“One place to start is by attacking the
Democratic plan to cut Medicare via political rationing
.
Mr. Ryan's budget had the virtue of embarrassingPresident Obama's spend-more initial budget, and the White House responded by proposing to increase thepower of the new Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to decide what, and how much, Medicarewill pay for. The ObamaCare bill goes to great lengths to shelter this 15-member, unelected board fromCongressional review, with the goal of letting these bureaucrats throw granny over the cliff if Medicare isn't reformed
. Yet few Americans know anything about IPAB or its rationing intentions.”
(Editorial, “The GOP’s New York 
 
 
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Spanking,” 
,5/26/11)
EVEN DEMOCRATS ARE ON BOARD FOR REPEALING IPAB
Democrats Argue That IPAB Cuts Services And Payments To Providers.
“But some Democrats, as well
as most Republicans and health care providers argue the panel could arbitrarily cut services to Medicare
patients and payments to providers with little congressional oversight.”
(Jennifer Haberkorn, “Democrats Split OnIndependent Payment Advisory Board,” 
,7/10/11)
 
So Far, Seven Democrats Have Signed On To Repeal IPAB.
“According to
 Politico, a bill introduced byRep. David Poe, R-Tenn., to repeal IPAB has seven Democrat co-sponsors. Thus far IBD has only been able totrack down five: Allyson Schwartz, Pa.; Linda Sanchez, Calif.; Kathy Castor, Fla.; Michael Capuano, Mass.; and
Shelley Berkley, Nev.”
(David Hogberg, “IPAB Is Really, Really Doomed,Investor’s Business Daily’s Politics and Markets Blog
 
,6/9/11)
Republicans
Star Witness For IPAB Repeal Is None Other Than Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA).
“Infact, Schwartz will be one of the GOP’s star witnesses at the Energy and Commerce Committee
hearing. She
says IPAB puts Congress’s responsibility in the hands of an outside panel and could lead to arbitrary cuts todoctors, hospitals and other providers.”
(Jennifer Haberkorn, “Democrats Split On Independent Payment Advisory Board,” 
,7/10/11)
 
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-
PA): “IPAB Brings Unpredictability And Uncertainty To Providers And Has The Potential For Stifling Innovation And Collaboration.”
“We all agree that Medicar
ecosts must be contained and that the payment system is flawed and needs to be replaced. But simplycutting reimbursements is not the answer. IPAB brings unpredictability and uncertainty to providersand has the potential for stifling innovation and colla
boration.”
(Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Op-
Ed “Opposing View: RepealMedicare Board,”
,5/23/2011)
 
New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Has Zero Interest In Defending IPAB.
“But New Jersey
Rep. Frank Pallone, of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee, has zero interest in defending the
board… ‘I’ve never supported it, and I would certainly be in favor of abolishing it,’ he told POLITICO. ‘I’m
opposed to independent commissions or outside groups playing a role other than on a recommendatory
basis.”
(Jennifer Haberkorn, “Democrats Split On Independent Payment Advisory Board,” 
,7/10/11)
Former Democrat House Leader Dick Gephardt:
It will propose cuts to Medicare that Congress can
override only with supermajority votes, an unnecessarily high and unrealistic bar.”
(Dick Gephardt, Op-
Ed, “MedicareMust Remain A Responsibility Of Congress,” 
,
6/21/11)
 
Gephardt Argues That IPAB-
Induced Medicare Cuts Would Have “Devastating Consequences”
For Seniors And Disabled Americans.
“Just as important, these cuts are likely to have devastating
consequences for the seniors and disabled Americans who are Medicare's beneficiaries because,while technically forbidden from rationing care, the Board will be able to set payment rates for some
treatments so low that no doctor or hospital or other healthcare professional would provide them.”
(Dick Gephardt, Op-
Ed, “Medicare Must Remain A Responsibility Of Congress,” 
,
6/21/11)
 
REPEAL OF IPAB HAS RECEIVED UNIFIED SUPPORT FROM HUNDREDS OF HEALTHGROUPS
The IPAB Is So Unpopular That 270 Health Care Groups Support Repeal.
All told, some 270stakeholder groups signed a letter to members of Congress urging them to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is a panel of experts, appointed by the president, that will have the power to cut 
Medicare payments.”
(Sam Baker, 270 Healt 
h Care Groups Back IPAB Repeal,” 
 
,6/24/11)
Liberal Group:
 
“IPAB Turns Medicare Into A Scapegoat:”
 
“‘IPAB turns Medicare into a scapegoat,’ said
Max Richtman, executive vice president and acting CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social
Security and Medicare. ‘Medicare will be forced to make reductions without addressing the rest of the health

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