W&M Approves Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Obamacare’s IPAB

October 4, 2017 — Markup   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Ways and Means Committee approved the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 849) with bipartisan support. The legislation, sponsored by two physicians in Congress – Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) – repeals Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and would prevent this unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats from slashing Medicare spending and compromising seniors’ access to health care.

As Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said at the markup:

“Putting Medicare on sustainable financial footing is a top priority for this Committee, but passing the buck to a handful of unaccountable bureaucrats is not the right approach.

“Rather than take control away from the American people, we should expand choice, access, flexibility, and competition in Medicare. And we can start right now by passing this legislation to terminate the IPAB once and for all. …

“I would also like to make clear that action on this important legislation doesn’t stop after this markup. We will look to find a way to advance this crucial piece of legislation on the House floor, including as part of other ‘must pass’ pieces of legislation.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about today’s markup and H.R. 849.