Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Votes to Restore Seniors Access to Medicare

June 24, 2015
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) last night voted to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board created under Obamacare comprised of 15 unelected bureaucrats whose purpose is to save money by restricting access to healthcare for Medicare beneficiaries. Under the law, the board’s decisions cannot be challenged in the courts – unlike other agency rules – and carry the full force of the law. The bill, H.R. 1190, Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, passed the House by a vote of 244 to 154.

“IPAB is essentially a Medicare rationing committee whose members have no accountability to the American people," Rep. Olson said. “These unaccountable bureaucrats can recommend Medicare cuts that automatically go into effect unless Congress can block or make changes within a short deadline. A group with no judicial, administrative or public accountability should not have the power to make Medicare cuts that reduce the quality of care for our seniors. I was proud to vote to repeal this sweeping bureaucratic power and protect our seniors’ access to quality healthcare. I urge my Senate colleagues to quickly take up and pass this commonsense legislation”




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