FRANKFORT, KY (3/6/12) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, released the following statement on the bipartisan Medicare Decisions Accountability Act, H.R. 452 which passed in the House Energy and Commerce Committee by voice vote without any recorded opposition. The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act repeals the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB was created by the healthcare law and has drawn widespread bipartisan opposition because it threatens to reduce seniors’ access to treatments and services in Medicare.
“I was pleased today to vote to repeal the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that was created by President Obama’s healthcare law,” Whitfield said. “IPAB will reduce seniors’ access to medical care and take healthcare decisions away from patients and their doctors and put them in the hands of a Washington bureaucrat. Healthcare decisions should be made by patients and their doctors, not Washington. The full House will still need to take up this legislation, and I expect it to pass. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I encourage the Senate to take up this important measure, and repeal another aspect of this devastating healthcare law.”
The Obama healthcare law implements a controversial board composed of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to cut spending on healthcare treatments, giving them the power to refuse healthcare and reduce Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care. The Administration has not nominated any members to the board in the two years since the board became law. In the absence of a board, sole power of the board will be given to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act repeals IPAB and restores decision-making power to patients and doctors.
Information provided by Corry Schiermeyer
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