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Despite what we keep reading in the “news” media about the failure of the GOP to repeal Obamacare, congressional Republicans and President Trump are steadily dismembering the justly reviled healthcare law, limb by pernicious limb. The latest appendage to be lopped off was among its most dangerous — the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB was designed by the law’s authors as a rationing board composed of unelected bureaucrats vested with the power to “recommend” reductions in Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. This would have inevitably reduced access to care for the elderly. That dangerous Obamacare provision was repealed this morning.
What’s so dangerous about a board that recommends cost-cutting measures for an expensive program like Medicare? Well, for starters, it would have literally taken an act of Congress to reject its recommendations. In theory, IPAB would have only proposed changes to Medicare payment rates. In practice, however, the board’s recommendations would have taken effect automatically unless Congress passed alternative legislation that “saved” the same amount of money designated appropriate by IPAB and the President signed it into law. Moreover, both houses of Congress as well as the White House would have had to take these actions with uncharacteristic alacrity.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Too bad that so-called budget also killed the notion of "fiscal responsibility" while they were at it.
originally posted by: Oldtimer2
a reply to: Sapphire
Yes,and you see how great Canada is doing,I heard their medical is like in the UK,if your old,your screwed,I worked for Canadians,and many friends and family from there
Yeah but seeing we in the UK live longer than you folks in the USA our commie socialized medicine must be doing something right.
Plus our dental hygiene is better