Congressman Rick Berg today applauded the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee passage of bipartisan legislation that furthers efforts to repeal the most egregious components of President Obama's health care law.
The subcommittee voted 17-5 to move forward the Berg co-sponsored Medicare Decisions Accountability Act, which would repeal the health care law's Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected board of bureaucrats that is empowered to oversee Medicare services and payments. In a bipartisan vote, ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) crossed the aisle to vote for the IPAB repeal.
"IPAB is a clear example of how Obamacare puts the government directly between patients and their doctors," Berg stated. "By giving a panel of unelected bureaucrats unprecedented power to make decisions regarding Medicare services and payments, President Obama's health care law threatens seniors' access to their doctors and quality, affordable health care. The House has taken yet another step today to dismantle the President's health care overhaul, and I look forward to supporting this repeal on the House floor."
Berg, who has been fighting to repeal President Obama's health care law since entering Congress last year, also testified on his opposition to IPAB in a Ways and Means Committee hearing held yesterday with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.
"President Obama's government health care overhaul forces new costs and more regulations on American families and small businesses, and today's hearing reemphasized the how poorly designed the President's law is," Berg stated. "Between a board unelected bureaucrats that oversee Medicare payment decisions and the recent political mandates that violate Americans' religious freedoms, it's even more apparent that President Obama's health care law needs to be repealed. North Dakotans did not want the President's health care overhaul to begin with, and I will continue fighting to put an end to it and work for real reform that North Dakotans have asked for.
The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for approval before being sent to the House floor.