IPAB is composed of 15 unelected bureaucrats answerable to no one
Editor’s note. This letter, reprinted below, was sent to Members of Congress on October 2.
The mission of National Right to Life is to protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death. In that defense, we strongly urge you to repeal one of the most egregious parts of Obamacare, the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
The IPAB is composed of 15 unelected bureaucrats who are answerable to no one. The Board is directed to recommend measures to limit private, nongovernmental spending on health care to a growth rate below medical inflation. Although most news reports have focused on the Board’s authority to limit government spending in Medicare, little attention has been given to this more sweeping danger of rationing healthcare paid for with nongovernmental dollars.
IPAB’s powers go well beyond some benign effort to control Medicare spending. IPAB would recommend drastic limits for the Department of Health and Human Services to impose on what Americans are allowed to spend out of their own funds to save their own lives and the lives of their families.
Given this extraordinary power and an apparent disregard for the sanctity of life, it is not surprising that some have dubbed IPAB a “death panel.”
Legislation to permanently repeal IPAB has bipartisan support in both chambers in this and former Congresses. Currently, there is bipartisan legislation (H.R.849/S. 260 Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017) which would repeal the IPAB.
National Right to Life urges every Member of Congress to recognize the importance of repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board since Obamacare remains law. We urge you to ACT NOW to repeal this assault on our health care system and the sanctity of life and to reject the dangerous consolidation of unchecked government power which IPAB represents.
David N. O’Steen, Ph.D.
Jennifer Popik, J.D.