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Title as Introduced:

Rep. Roe's Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011

Bill Number:

H.R.452

Description:

Repeals from the President's new health care law authority to create a panel of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to make cost-cutting decisions affecting Medicare patients.

Bill Sponsor

Phil Roe (REP TN)

Co-Sponsors:

Our Position:

We support this bill.
Dear Representative Roe,

On behalf of more than 1.9 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I applaud your introduction of the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act, H.R. 452. Your bill would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – a key portion of the President’s new health care law – and stop the Obama administration from placing Washington bureaucrats in between patients and their doctors.

IPAB epitomizes the Obama administration’s approach to governance: empowering unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington to make decisions for the rest of the country. Whenever health care costs climb faster than a government-issued standard, these 15 bureaucrats, all appointed by the President, are empowered to make binding recommendations for cuts to Medicare. Their recommendations carry the force of law unless Congress specifically rejects them, an unprecedented transfer of the spending power from elected officials to unaccountable bureaucrats. Even former Budget Director Peter Orszag called IPAB “The largest yielding of sovereignty from the Congress since the creation of the Federal Reserve.”

Click here to read AFP's full letter of support!

Status:

Referred to House Energy and Commerce

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