Specialists defend health care law’s independent payment board

News.gnom.es: With much of Washington engulfed in debate over the 2010 Affordable Care Act — at the U.S. Supreme Court, in Congress and on presidential campaigns — the law’s provision to empanel an Independent Payment Advisory Board by 2015 to help reduce Medicare costs also is drawing out critics and defenders.

The House this week is expected to vote on a bill (H.R. 452) that would repeal the section of the law setting up the board of medical experts. H.R. 452’s chief sponsor, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., has called the envisioned board “both unaccountable and unworkable.”

The IPAB would “consist of a group of 15 unelected bureaucrats who will decide what constitutes `necessary care,’ and who will create a `one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to medical care,” Roe said in a statement. “As a physician, I can tell you firsthand how troubling this mind-set can be. In medicine, every case is unique and must be treated that way.” Read More


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