U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5, a package which seeks to reform medical malpractice liability and to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel created under the Affordable Care Act charged with recommending cuts to Medicare provider payments if spending growth reaches a certain level:
"With the Affordable Care Act turning two this week, House Republicans are doing everything they can to prevent it from seeing year three. Many of us opposed this massive invasion of government in our private health care system when it was first shown the light of day, and we have since been tackling harmful provisions in the law from various fronts.
"H.R. 5 goes a long way in fixing some of the mistakes of the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, this bill achieves two critical objectives: it limits malpractice costs and dismantles the IPAB, a powerful board of 15 unelected bureaucrats tasked with making critical payment and policy decisions. Our nation's most vulnerable are the ones who stand to suffer as this authoritative body--accountable to no one--is solely responsible for cutting spending by restricting health care access for Medicare beneficiaries. While I absolutely believe we must rein in health care spending, the IBAP is not the way to go about it.
"Yes, our current health care system can and must be improved; however, measures that will lower costs, protect jobs, and keep the patient's needs at the heart should move forward. Rest assured, I will continue to work toward making positive patient-centered solutions a reality for Americans."