On Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will consider a plan to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). It’s a creation of the new health care laws that would be tasked with determining which procedures would be covered by Medicare. Critics say the board of unelected officials would be engaging in nothing less than health care rationing.
“This committee will be appointed in 2013. There are 13 unelected bureaucrats in this panel … they will then make recommendations for cuts in Medicare in 2014 … once this goes into effect it will be impossible to overturn their recommendation and I think this will lead to rationed care, “Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), chairman of the subcommittee tells WND.
Pitts explains what will happen on Wednesday when the panel takes part in a “mark-up” of the bill and he tells us why he is strongly in favor of repealing IPAB.
He also explains why he rejects Democratic arguments that the board is an important tool in keeping health care costs from spiraling our of control.