Congressman Bob Gibbs issued the following statement after the House, in a bipartisan vote, passed H.R. 5, the "Protecting Access to Health Care Act," which repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB):
"On the eve of the second anniversary of the ObamaCare, I voted to repeal the disastrous Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and replace it with real reforms that will protect the doctor patient relationship and put the American people back in charge of their health care decisions. This is a victory for seniors, people with disabilities, and the doctors that provide care for them.
"The President's health care law is full of pitfalls, government overreaches, and newly created bureaucracies, but perhaps the most outrageous and dangerous manifestation in Obamacare is the IPAB. While few Americans are aware that this ObamaCare rationing board even exists, it embodies the very thing Americans feared most about the law --Washington bureaucrats meeting behind closed doors to make unilateral decisions that should be made by patients and their doctors.
"The IPAB has no mandate to improve patient care, just to meet a budget. But the American people know that doctors and patients should decide the value of medical services. That's why I will continue to support patient-centered solutions and work to protect seniors' access to quality health and retirement security."
This bill is part of an overall effort to repeal the almost $1.8 trillion government takeover of our healthcare system.
By repealing the IPAB and enacting common-sense medical liability reforms, this legislation will reduce the deficit by $45.5 billion over the next 10 years according to the CBO.
If left in place, IPAB may ultimately lead to the rationing of care for our senior citizens as it would be free to cut reimbursement rates for procedures and services that IPAB deems "unnecessary" to levels so low that no physician would provide the care.
Countless physician groups have warned these cuts will force many to stop seeing Medicare patients.
Because TRICARE reimbursement rates are directly tied to Medicare, health care for military personnel would be impacted by these cuts as well.