House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement as the House Budget Committee holds a hearing today with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) -- an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats created under ObamaCare that will attempt to address rising health care costs by denying care to seniors.
"In passing ObamaCare, Democrats voted to take health care decisions away from seniors and their doctors and give them to a board of unelected bureaucrats in Washington that will have the authority to deny care under the guise of controlling costs," said Chairman Price. "In order to ensure today's seniors and tomorrow's retirees will have a Medicare program they can count on, reforms will have to be made. Unfortunately, under ObamaCare, Democrats have neither saved nor strengthened Medicare. They have cut $500 billion from the program to spend on other programs and have authorized 15 bureaucrats in Washington to control and effectively ration care to seniors.
"The House Budget Committee has worked tirelessly to address the failings of the current Medicare system. In the budget proposal adopted by the House of Representatives earlier this Congress, Republicans offered a positive solution that makes no changes to the program for those in and near retirement while providing choices and a guarantee to future generations under Medicare. The Democrats' plan is already law, and if left unaddressed will soon begin acting on the authority vested in IPAB to deny care to seniors. That is unacceptable, and the Administration ought to recognize the growing number of voices that are calling for an end to IPAB before it can start undermining the level of care for America's seniors."