NRLC urges support of Bipartisan Budget Act which includes repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)

Dear Member of Congress:

The National Right to Life Committee, the federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to support the Bipartisan Budget Act, which includes the Continuing Resolution for FY18.

The mission of National Right to Life is to protect and defend the most fundamental right, the right to life, for every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death. In that defense, we strongly applaud the provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act to repeal the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

The IPAB is composed of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. IPAB’s powers to slash Medicare spending for seniors would be only the first step. The Board is also directed 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 the sweeping danger of rationing healthcare paid for with nongovernmental dollars.

IPAB would mandate 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. More can be found at www.nrlc.org/uploads/communications/healthcarereport2014.pdf

National Right to Life urges every Member of Congress to recognize the importance of repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board. We urge you to support the Bipartisan Budget Act, which includes language to repeal this assault on our health care system and the sanctity of life.

Thank you for your consideration of National Right to Life’s position on this matter of great importance to our organization.

Sincerely,