House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5 -- the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act -- a bill that repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board included in the president's health care law and enacts meaningful and necessary lawsuit abuse reform.
"This week House Republicans unveiled our budget proposal and put forward a bold vision for the future of the country -- and the future of Medicare," said Chairman Price. "The Democrats' plan for the future of Medicare is to raid the program of more than $500 billion and empower an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats to deny payment for certain health care for seniors. The president's law failed to address the skyrocketing costs of Medicare and instead turned decision-making power over to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to determine when and whether doctors are paid to provide treatments for seniors. The denial of payment for care ultimately leads to the denial of care for our seniors. That is unacceptable, and House Republicans are fighting to empower patients instead of bureaucrats. As Democrats cling to IPAB as their plan for Medicare, we will continue to advance patient-centered solutions that actually address the fundamental challenges facing this vital program while protecting seniors' access to quality and affordable health and retirement security."