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Getting Health Reform Back on the Right PATH House Republicans Pass Legislation to Repeal Controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board

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"Two years ago, the Democrat-controlled Congress passed a bill that, among other things, would place an unelected board of bureaucrats between seniors and their doctors, and raids Medicare to the tune of $575 billion," Palazzo stated. "Today, a Republican-controlled House voted to restore health choices to seniors and repeal another bad policy from this overreaching health law."

The PATH Act would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-person panel of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats tasked with making Medicare cuts . The board's decisions would not be subject to judicial review, unlike other agency rules, and would carry the full force of the law. Under the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the board was created by taking $575 billion from Medicare funding. The House bill passed today also includes medical liability reform measures that would reduce Medicare spending without rationing care.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the PATH Act would reduce the deficit by $45.5 billion over ten years. The House has voted on at least 26 previous measures that would either repeal or defund policies in the 2010 healthcare law.


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