New budget deal axes key Obamacare provision – the one Sarah Palin called a ‘death panel’

New budget deal axes key Obamacare provision – the one Sarah Palin called a ‘death panel’

[Ed. – Whether you think Palin is “vindicated” here depends solely on how you felt about the IPAB all along. If you understood its function and import, you always knew she was right about it. It would have rationed care by making it financially impossible for many doctors to provide it, and thus consigned some people to die for lack of it.]

The latest appendage to be lopped off was among [Obamacare’s] most dangerous — the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB was designed by the law’s authors as a rationing board composed of unelected bureaucrats vested with the power to “recommend” reductions in Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. This would have inevitably reduced access to care for the elderly. That dangerous Obamacare provision was repealed this morning.

What’s so dangerous about a board that recommends cost-cutting measures for an expensive program like Medicare? Well, for starters, it would have literally taken an act of Congress to reject its recommendations. In theory, IPAB would have only proposed changes to Medicare payment rates. In practice, however, the board’s recommendations would have taken effect automatically unless Congress passed alternative legislation…

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