Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) issued the following statement regarding her vote for H.R. 452, the "Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011," which passed with bipartisan support today in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. H.R. 452, sponsored by Representative Phil Roe (TN-1), would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that was set up under President Obama's flawed health care law.
"Our seniors have spent their entire working lives giving the government first right of refusal on their paycheck in order to receive health care coverage when they turn 65. Physicians are already restricting how many Medicare patients they treat. With IPAB, this problem will only get worse -- leaving our seniors without the necessary access to physicians they deserve.
"Instead of giving patients control of their health care decisions, the President and his allies in Congress chose to delegate this power to a commission of 15 unelected bureaucrats in Washington. Repealing IPAB is another step towards getting the harmful provisions of Obamacare off the books. Health care decisions should be made by patients and their physicians -- not bureaucrats."