Experts Say ObamaCare Rationing Board Will Hurt Seniors’ Health Care
The president’s health care law is making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers and – according to experts – will deny treatment options and hurt seniors’ access to care.
Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and policy expert Paul Howard recently explained in Real Clear Politics how ObamaCare’s unaccountable Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is designed to impose government “price controls on steroids.” This will lead to “de facto rationing” that hurts American seniors by forcing health care providers to “limit services for Medicare recipients.”
At a recent Congressional hearing, policy expert Scott Gottlieb told Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) certain “services won’t be available” because of the health care rationing board, and “physicians won't be available to take patients.” Watch him here:
The Wall Street Journal agrees and argues the IPAB rationing board will impose “harsher and more arbitrary price controls” that put “limits on the care patients are allowed to receive.” The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin says it will force doctors to “limit or eliminate certain treatment options.”
Opposition to IPAB is bipartisan. In fact, despite having “helped write” the health care law in 2010, even Democrats like Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) admit ObamaCare’s rationing board will “endanger the health of America’s seniors and people with disabilities.”
In the coming weeks the House will vote on Rep. Phil Roe’s (R-TN) bipartisan Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (H.R. 452) which repeals the IPAB rationing board. This is the latest effort by Republicans to repeal, defund, and dismantle the president’s health care law and all of its tax hikes, mandates, and excessive regulations on small businesses. Learn more here, and visit jobs.GOP.gov for more information on Republican legislation that removes government barriers to private-sector job growth like ObamaCare.