Gingrey: IPAB vote a ‘vital’ step in protecting patient rights
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., along with other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today unanimously passed the repeal of a key component of Obamacare, the Independent Panel Advisory Board (IPAB). Billed as a "cost-cutting measure" by the administration, the health care law mandates this panel be comprised of 15 bureaucrats who would determine what services Medicare patients receive.
"Since the passage of Obamacare, I have called for the repeal of this egregious violation of privacy and patient rights. As a physician with more than 30 years of experience, I consider the decision-making process between doctors and patients sacrosanct. Health care choices, sometimes life-threatening, belong in the hands of the patient, their family, and their doctor—not unelected bureaucrats tasked with saving Uncle Sam money. The repeal of IPAB is a vital step in ensuring medical care does not further fall under the purview of the federal government."
The bill will now move to the floor, where it will await consideration by the full House of Representatives.