Washington Unleashes Bipartisan Scorn on IPAB


The new health care law (PPACA) contains elements of federal government overreach that are so disconcerting that they’re not Republican versus Democrat arguments.  Instead they are arguments against having unelected officials in Washington D.C. that have broad powers that are basically unchecked.

Marc Kilmer, Maryland Public Policy Institute senior fellow specializing in health care issues writes:

Congress members of both parties are directing ire against a controversial element of President Obama’s health care law, which proposes to restrain Medicare costs through the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board.  The IPAB is a fifteen-member body that would, beginning in 2015, submit recommendations to Congress to lower Medicare’s costs. Congress can alter these recommendations with a three-fifths vote. If it does not do so, IPAB’s recommendations will go into effect.

Nicole Fisher, a health care policy expert for North Carolina’s John Locke Foundation, says:

“It’s an unelected, uncontrollable board. And because of the convoluted process Congress must go through to reject IPAB’s recommendations, their recommendations are basically the rule of law.”

Implementation of the Health Care Compact shifts control of health care to the states, eventually making the debate about IPAB irrelevant while reigning-in out of control federal health care spending.  Read the full story at The Heartland Institute.