Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, HHS

“We also know that the future of Medicare requires continued vigilance and careful oversight, which is why we support the creation of a backstop mechanism to ensure Medicare remains solvent for years to come. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) builds on the commitment we have made to our seniors’ health. The IPAB will consist […]

Opening Remarks, Chairman Paul Ryan

“Bipartisan concerns have been raised with several aspects of this board.  While the proponents claim that beneficiaries will be held harmless from the board’s decisions, how can IPAB impose sharp cuts to providers without any adverse impact on their patients?” Given their unprecedented new power over Medicare, to whom are these 15 bureaucrats accountable? There […]

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum

“The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is a dramatic policy error that will fail to deliver meaningful reform to the Medicare program.” The creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is possibly the most dangerous aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It should be repealed immediately. This appointed panel will be […]

Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute

“While the IPAB has unprecedented power, allocation of the tools available to the board reveals a fundamental conflict in American health policy: It simultaneously is given broad authority over Medicare payment policy, but its hands are tied in what it can do to reach the mandatory budgetary targets.” The president wants to double-down on IPAB’s […]

Judith Feder, Ph.D., Professor and former Dean, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and Urban Institute Fellow

“What’s needed, therefore, is not to abandon IPAB—and certainly not to morph Medicare into less effective private insurance.  Rather, we should extend the expertise and authority IPAB focuses on Medicare to apply to all payers—with a system-wide spending target that triggers all-payer payment reform to assure Medicare beneficiaries and all Americans the high quality, efficiently delivered […]

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