As with many other freedom-destroying aspects of Obamacare, the IPAB cometh, and Republicans are still doing the work of God and fighting it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Republican leaders told President Barack Obama Thursday that they will refuse to nominate candidates to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under the new health care act.
House Speaker John Boehner, who joined Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in boycotting the Independent Payment Advisory Board, also said that the House next week will vote again to repeal the health care act. According to a Democratic count, the House has tried some 36 times to repeal or defund all or part of Obama’s landmark health care overhaul since it became law in 2010.
The 15-member advisory board, known as IPAB, would have the power to force payment cuts on insurers, drug companies and other service providers if Medicare costs rise beyond certain levels. <source>
As I wrote last year, even ultr-Liberal Barney Frank, the guy who helped fuel the Fanny and Freddie mortgage debacle and global financial catastrophe on behalf of the Clintons and Liberals everywhere, wants to see the IPAB repealed.
Frank, who announced Monday that he would retire at the end of his current term in office, became the 12th Democrat, and the 212th member of the House, to co-sponsor Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe’s bill aimed at repealing the IPAB.
Frank is the most prominent Democrat to join Roe’s bipartisan repeal effort.
“This one is the real baby right here — and most people missed this,” Roe told TheDC then. “What everybody was talking about, when you saw Sarah Palin and so forth, what they were talking about these advanced directives where you sit down and there’s sort of mandatory counseling — and Medicare paid for it. This IPAB got missed — and it’s the real death panel.” <source>
Barney Frank is against it…meaning that the treasonously Liberal mainstream media cannot spout their usual refrain about the IPAB repeal effort being a “Republican effort to embarrass our wonderful president…”.
No, the effort to repeal it is bi-partisan and in the best spirit of our nation’s founding: to stop a tyrant from using his power to control the lives of ordinary citizens. If Liberals want to call that “Republican politics at its worst”, I say, guilty as charged.