Please see the following letter from the Texas Conservative Coalition thanking members of the Texas congressional delegation for their recent vote to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected bureaucracy created through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
June 30, 2015
The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) is writing to express our gratitude for your support of H.R. 1190, which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – a central feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It is now urgent that the U.S. Senate acts.
In 2013, TCC joined hundreds of organizations around the nation in calling for the elimination of the IPAB, one of the worst provisions of the PPACA.
Tasked with the responsibility of recommending cost-saving Medicare reforms to Congress, the 15-member unelected board has the power to implement its recommendations even without Congress’s approval. Former Obama administration official Peter Orszag has publicly stated that IPAB’s authority was deliberately set up as a way to “counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a little less democratic.” Yet, that is precisely the problem.
Former Senator Tom Coburn and Congressman Phil Roe (both physicians), writing late last year in the Wall Street Journal, got to the heart of the matter: “Why is this board dangerous? Because there is nothing “advisory” about its vast powers. IPAB’s mandate is to deliver on one of ObamaCare’s central promises: Medicare cost-containment. The law gives this board sweeping authority to do so, with virtually no constraints.”
Dissatisfaction and distrust of the IPAB is a bipartisan issue outside of the White House, and political figures as diverse ideologically as former Governors Sarah Palin and Howard Dean agree that it should be repealed. Indeed, Howard Dean explained his thoughts on the IPAB in a Wall Street Journal commentary in July 2013: Continue reading