This morning, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the White House’s offer to appoint members to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB.
IPAB is the unelected board, created by ObamaCare, charged with cutting Medicare. President Obama was no doubt looking for some bipartisan cover as he continues to hurt seniors by breaking the promise they’ve earned over a lifetime.
Economist Doug Holtz-Eakin says instead of making long-term improvements to the quality of Medicare, IPAB will simply cut Medicare little-by-little each year. The American Medical Association has also criticized the program saying it will make “arbitrary across-the-board cuts to physicians and other providers.”
Unsurprisingly, this is not the only unelected board of bureaucrats that’s empowered by ObamaCare. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force tasked with choosing what programs that insurance will cover.
So far they’ve set their sights on cancer screenings, particularly for women.
This has real consequences for women across the country and could possibly threaten lives.
These boards prey on women and seniors—two groups of Americans that Democrats told us ObamaCare would help. Yet, that’s far from the case. These predatory boards are exactly what’s wrong with government taking over your healthcare. Instead of letting you and your doctor work together to determine what’s best for you, ObamaCare puts these boards and bureaucrats in the driver’s seat.
The objective of these task forces is to cut care in order to cut costs. In reality, healthcare costs are still going up—as even Democrats admit—yet Medicare and preventative measures like cancer screenings are being cut. All because the government has chosen bureaucrats over patients and arbitrarily cutting costs over improving care.