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Protecting Access to Healthcare Act

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Mr. PITTS. Mr. Chairman, I'd just like to take 30 seconds to respond to the distinguished ranking member before I yield to Mr. Bass.

He mentioned that this so-called expert panel could have physicians and health care professionals. I refer him to section 3403(g) of PPACA on page 423, specifically on the majority for the panel. There's a specific prohibition that you can't have a majority of health care providers or physicians on IPAB. And as far as these being recommendations, you can't appeal; you can't sue this board. Only with three-fifths vote in both Chambers with commensurate cuts can you overturn their recommendation.

I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from New Hampshire (Mr. Bass).

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Mr. PITTS. I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, I find it interesting that the gentleman who just spoke signed a letter to former Speaker Pelosi on December 17, 2009, that says the IPAB provisions severely limit the congressional oversight of the Medicare program and eliminate the transparency of congressional hearings and debate. Moreover, the creation of a Medicare board would effectively eliminate State community input in the Medicare program, removing the ability to develop and implement policies expressly applicable to different patient populations. So IPAB or an equivalent commission, they said, could not only threaten the ability of Medicare beneficiaries but of all Americans to access the care they need.

I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from New Mexico (Mr. Pearce).

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