Olson Votes to Restore Seniors Access to Medicare
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 boardâ€™s decisions cannot be challenged in the courts â€“ unlike other agency rules â€“ and carry the full force of the law. The bill, H.R. 1190, Protecting Seniorsâ€™ Access to Medicare Act, passed the House by a vote of 244 to 154.
â€œIPAB is essentially a Medicare rationing committee whose members have no accountability to the American people," Rep. Olson said. â€œThese 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 seniorsâ€™ access to quality healthcare. I urge my Senate colleagues to quickly take up and pass this commonsense legislationâ€
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