House votes to abolish IPAB

posted at 6:25 pm on March 22, 2012 by Tina Korbe

The House of Representatives today voted 223 to 181 to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a 15-member panel of experts that has the power to, as its name suggests, independently of Congress cut Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals.

IPAB is one of the worst elements of Obamacare and would contribute mightily to the evolution of a single-payer system, as Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson explained in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed:

According to the CBO, 154 million Americans are covered under employer-sponsored plans. What would be the cost to taxpayers if 50% of those individuals lost their coverage and became eligible for subsidies? The answer is difficult to calculate, but CBO’s answer is basically: Don’t worry, revenues will increase automatically to cover those costs (for example, employees’ taxable incomes will increase when they lose employer-provided coverage).

In reality, as government assumes a greater share of health-care costs, pressure to cut payments to providers will be enormous. Reduced government reimbursements to providers will cause massive cost-shifting to those remaining in the private health-insurance market. More employees will lose coverage. Before long, we will have what the left has long sought—a single payer health-care system modeled after Medicaid.

The idea that a panel of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats should be empowered to have the final say over Medicare payments should be alien and offensive to any American who values his own autonomy and his ability to elect and hold accountable his own representatives in government. Why Congress willingly ceded control of Medicare payements to a mere 15-member board in the first place is a puzzle. I thought Congress liked to have the power of the purse!

The House of Representatives’ vote today will be cast as nothing more than political theater — as, indeed, it is. The repeal bill won’t go anywhere — and House Republicans have to know that. But I’m OK with a little political theater from ‘em. We need it. As the president and his campaign ramp up their efforts to sell Obamacare as a true achievement, Republicans need to call attention to all that’s wrong with the law.

The Republicans accomplished something else with this: To pay for the repeal of IPAB, they attached medical malpractice reform to the bill. That serves as a fresh reminder that Obamacare does nothing to address medical malpractice even though unwarranted lawsuits against doctors drive health care costs up unnecessarily. The more we learn about Obamacare, the more it becomes apparent that it was about neither cost nor access — it was about control.


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Cue the Death Panel rhetoric.

Not that I disagree with it.

Quantus on March 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Obamacare dies the death of a thousand cuts.

Keep cutting.

Roy Rogers on March 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

As long as when the House is given a real shot at repeal, they repeal the whole thing, not just the IPAB.

If you aren’t nervous about the House and Mitt “just repealing the bad bits” if actually given a chance one day, you have more faith in our jelly-kneed leaders than me.

PrincetonAl on March 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Although the bill will never get by the marxist,dim controlled senate, it needed be done.

Rick013 on March 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

To pay for the repeal of IPAB, they attached medical malpractice reform to the bill.

The problem with federal tort reform is likely unconstitutional…

ninjapirate on March 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Good to see the House GOP recognize the 2nd anniversary of ObamaCare with this vote. The Dems wanted to pretend it never happened.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM

But, but, but – I was distinctly told that Sarah Palin was lying about there being a death panel.

VidOmnia on March 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Obamacare dies the death of a thousand cuts.

Keep cutting.

Roy Rogers on March 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Faster.

Count to 10 on March 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

The more we learn about Obamacare, the more it becomes apparent that it was about neither cost nor access — it was about control.

Except, never call it ObamaCare.

Always call it

Obama’s Affordable HealthCare Act

Then mock the heck out of them, for the “Affordable” part.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

The idea that a panel of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats should be empowered to have the final say over Medicare payments should be alien and offensive to any American who values his own autonomy and his ability to elect and hold accountable his own representatives in government.

How about, “Medicare should be alien and offensive to any American who values the Constitution”?

DrMagnolias on March 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

OMG!…The story is leading every newscast in the country! The Newspapers have the news in 80 pt. big bold black ink, on every HEADLINE edition! /

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Useless bunch, look at the fruits of their labor!!

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Faster.

Count to 10 on March 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Deeper

Roy Rogers on March 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats should be empowered to have the final say over Medicare payments

And what idiot would take that job? The first time they denied treatment to someone who died because of that denial, they would be hunted down like rabid dogs and _______ by the family of the deceased.

It could become a combat pay job easily.

jb34461 on March 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

What do we know about Obowmacare?

Joe (you lie) Wilson was correct about illegal alien coverage;
http://www.stoptheaclu.com/…/white-house-quietly-admits-joe-wilson-was-

Sarah Palin was correct, they are death panels;
http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/18/sarah-palin-was-right/

Obowma lied on price reductions, prices increase dramatically;
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/obamacare-increases-health-insurance-premiums

Obowma lied about “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”;
blog.heritage.org/…/employers-consider-dropping-health-coverage-u…

http://www.washingtontimes.com/…/bending-obamacares-honesty-curve-

dthorny on March 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Sarah Palin was correct, Obowma lied;

http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/18/sarah-palin-was-right/

dthorny on March 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Joe (you lie) Wilson was correct, Obowma lied and included illegal aliens in Obowmacare;

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2009/09/10/4436725-was-joe-wilson-right

dthorny on March 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Just a question for now. I listen online at WABC 77 out of New York. Their stream is not working; and neither is Mark Levin’s site that streams. I tried another website out of Springfield MO and it’s not streaming either.

I tried another website and it’s streaming with the JW Player.

Thanks to anyone that may know or have heard of anything. I’m been busy and haven’t been online today at all.

bluefox on March 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

NEXT:

Let’s repeal the provisions which give the IRS UNBRIDLED ACCESS to your bank accounts with no notice, hearing, or appeal!!!

landlines on March 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

The more we learn about Obamacare, the more it becomes apparent that it was about neither cost nor access — it was about control.

Well, indirectly. It is really about using Republican voter’s money to buy votes for DemocRATs.

Knott Buyinit on March 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Obowma: “if you like your medical plan, you can keep your plan”. No, you cant;

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/09/30/no-you-cant-keep-your-health-c

dthorny on March 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM

In September of 09 I wrote:

The Future Of American Health Care — “Just Boil It and Reuse It!”

Government Central Planning of medical care through the Medicare system lead to the brilliantly idiotic idea that catheters could and should be reused. Medicare only covered 4 a month under the old ruling, today they cover up to 200.

People either had to pay for additional catheters or, it was recommended that users BOIL AND REUSE THEM. Seriously, grab a pan, we’re cooking up a wonderful plan for your health! If you have had two (2) serious urinary tract infections in the past you could get yours covered — that’s right, you had go through the pain and risk twice.

Here is the kicker:

Even after the governments own FDA changed the labeling of catheters making them one time use products they were not covered!

Since the governments centrally planned Medicare system determined reuse was okay almost all private insurance companies followed suit! With the change in the ruling most insurances have changed their coverage as well.

This went on for DECADES!

It took people getting upset and finally getting a congressman to act — that is not how we want our medical care coverage determined, via congressional fiat?

The key point — when the government sets rules of coverage, for whatever reason (and you just know it will get political — God forbid you get a disease out of favor with today’s political will) the entire industry follows. Doctors change their recommendations, insurers change their coverage. Having the same policy as the government keeps you just one more step away from the lawyers!

LifeTrek on March 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

bluefox on March 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Try KNZZ 1100 in Colorado on line, its working now.

dthorny on March 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM

The problem with federal tort reform is likely unconstitutional…

ninjapirate on March 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Didn’t you hear?

Nothing is unconstitutional anymore. We are just slaves to the state.

lorien1973 on March 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats should be empowered to have the final say over Medicare payments

And what idiot would take that job? The first time they denied treatment to someone who died because of that denial, they would be hunted down like rabid dogs and _______ by the family of the deceased.

It could become a combat pay job easily.

jb34461 on March 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Very well protected and connected members and former members of the Fabian socialist, Center for American progress and Planned Parenthood. They same people who think there is nothing wrong with post-birth abortion and they have people who will protect them by moving the line to say killing millions for social progress is just fine.

tjexcite on March 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

We can use leeches for our medical health.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/occupy-wall-street-fights-fire-with-feces.html

My bad, the wrong leeches.

dthorny on March 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Excellent. It’s always good to see talk put into action, something you don’t see much in D.C..

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2012 at 6:51 PM

As Obama would say “Unfortunately, this will go nowhere in that Do-Nothing Democratically controlled Senate!”

Er…ah….wait a minute………….

GarandFan on March 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

bluefox on March 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Try KNZZ 1100 in Colorado on line, its working now.

dthorny on March 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Thank you so much!!

bluefox on March 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

The more we learn about Obamacare, the more it becomes apparent that it was about neither cost nor access — it was about control.

Just what Nancy wanted. Pass it first, then we’ll see the details. The ugly, ugly details.

Of course, this is the truth about everything the liberals push. Control is the overriding goal.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 6:56 PM

The problem with federal tort reform is likely unconstitutional…

Not as long as Wickard v. Filburn remains in force, let alone Obamacare itself. But whatever, that problem is trivial to solve: Limit federal tort reform to suits brought over care paid for by the federal government.

Fabozz on March 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

thank you sarah. but watch out for the slight of hand distraction this likely is

brix on March 22, 2012 at 7:02 PM

All very well, I’m sure, but like everything else the House has done since January 2011 except spend money, this will go nowhere in the Senate, and there’s an end to it.

But one thing they thought they’d finessed last summer may turn out to be the single most important thing left for the House to do. The Treasury Dept. estimated that the $2.1 trillion increase in debt ceiling approved by the House and Senate would tide everyone over until after the November 2012 elections. Different think tanks estimated the increase– which resulted in the first-ever U.S. credit rating downgrade– would run out in late November and January 2013.

That was before the extension of the payroll tax cut, which Geithner says will add another $101 billion to the deficit this year, and the Medicare doc fix which is only partially “paid for.” And if gas prices continue to rise and the economy slows (again)– none of which were taken into account last summer in estimating the debt ceiling timeline– we could hit the ceiling again this year before the November elections.

Treasury probably can play a few tricks to forestall this, but an unanticipated drop in revenues or (who puts anything past this Congress)? more unpaid-for spending, and the U.S. could slam into its $16.394 trillion debt ceiling before the elections.

What the House is doing now means nothing, except symbolically. What it does about another debt ceiling raise will mean everything. Another Boehner deal before the election and the GOP is undone.

de rigueur on March 22, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Mark Levin said there was a system wide outage. Very strange.

bluefox on March 22, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Just another great House-passed bill for dingy-harry reid and the d-cRAT socialists in the Senate to trash-can.

TeaPartyNation on March 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The more we learn about Obamacare, the more it becomes apparent that it was about neither cost nor access — it was about control.

Yes, and remember anyone who tried to point that out was labeled a racist, unAmerican, or a complete lunatic.

I feel bad for Republicans, having to painstakingly attempt to remove this boondoggle one step at a time, however long it takes. This is a good step in the right direction.

scalleywag on March 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

It’s good to see that the House Leadership hasn’t lost any Estrogen.

Can Boehner be ANY more worthless?

lm10001 on March 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Although the bill will never get by the marxist,dim controlled senate, it needed be done.

Rick013 on March 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Four comments in you nailed the main point that Tina missed throughout her entire article. This is the cliffhanger where Tina left off:

The House of Representatives’ vote today will be cast as nothing more than political theater — as, indeed, it is. The repeal bill won’t go anywhere — and House Republicans have to know that.

Seriously Tina, did it ever occur to you to explain why a bill, which you champion and decided to write an entire post about, won’t go anywhere?

Then you add:

The Republicans accomplished something else with this: To pay for the repeal of IPAB, they attached medical malpractice reform to the bill.

Which also is going nowhere fast because who is in the back pocket of the trial lawyers? The same dems in the senate who are going to shoot this down.

pain train on March 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM

The more we learn about Obamacare, the more it becomes apparent that it was about neither cost nor access — it was about control.

Tina, I’ll have to disagree some with you. This was about putting the Private Sector Health Care Providers out of business first of all. Second, yes it was/is about money. The government will now collect all of the money. Yes it is about control, the means to justify the ends.

I worked with a group of people for several months and have a stack of faxes/emails/long distance phone call charges about 7 in thick. And no, I didn’t use any free sites, I have the bills to prove that. I have copies of every Senate & House Committee that was involved with this and Roll call votes of each and everyone. Plus a lot of people don’t know that there were many amendments voted on and passed.

The Republicans that were in office at that time, had an excuse: they weren’t in the majority. Now since 2010, they have been the majority in the House and have done nothing but Boehner et al have given Reid/McConnell every thing B.O. has asked for. Passing a bill in the House with the knowledge that it won’t pass the Senate doesn’t impress me in the least. Too little, too late.

Too much corruption in Congress on both sides is my opinion.

bluefox on March 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

they should be passing a repeal or two a week… keep it in the news

phreshone on March 22, 2012 at 8:04 PM

The more we learn about Obamacare, the more it becomes apparent that it was about neither cost nor access — it was about control.

Spot on.

ITguy on March 22, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Again, it’s NOT a “Death Panel.”

It’s a “Democratic Party Voter Registration Panel.”

KorlaPundit on March 22, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Good start. Keep cutting.

talkingpoints on March 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

They need to keep passing these bills and sending them to the senate. Maybe after 100,000 time enough people will figure out it’s the dems in the senate that are the party of “no” Send them a budget every week too and add more spending cuts on each one.

Corsair on March 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Yes, Corsair, Keep passing the bills every week.

It would be nice if they could get their message out on television on the MSM channels, I would suggest buying ads, and filling them with current events from the republicans with our point of view, since the MSM won’t be covering the important news. It is only money, and it is being thrown around anyway, and this would educate the electorate, who doesn’t get alternative media news. Buy time during The View, and some of the prime time pablum shows.

Fleuries on March 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Im wondering why no one has challenged the constitutionality of Obamacare on the IPAB in addition to the mandate and other aspects.

I’m sure there is some legal wiggling that a lawyer could explain, but how can this IPAB have no method of appeal of decisions and be constitutional? I’m no legal expert, but I do know the First Amendment gives me the unalienable right to “petition the government for redress of greivances”. Now, I do understand that by Supreme Court decision the government has no requirement to respond to a petition (which is most often exercised as a right to sue the government), but that the government cannot take away our right to petition (or sue) them at all regardless if they respond. If we have no right to appeal the decisions of this board, then are we not denied our right to petition the government for redress of greivances?

gravityman on March 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

DEFUND !
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Repeat, until Obamacare is GONE.

listens2glenn on March 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM