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President Obama’s Dangerous New Medical Board

Grace-Marie Turner –
February 29, 2012

In this article that also appeaed in Forbes, the author contends that, 

President Obama is doubling down on one of the most dangerous provisions in his 2010 health overhaul law. In his proposed budget, he plans to give even greater powers to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel created by the new health law to contain Medicare spending.

The IPAB is one of the most egregious parts of ObamaCare because it puts rationing of care on auto pilot. A House subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), is expected to vote today on a bill that would repeal the IPAB entirely. The Ways and Means Committee also will vote, and then it will go to the full House of Representatives for a vote, likely next month. After that, the legislation faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) just introduced an IPAB repeal bill.