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Obama’s Budget Keeps Doubling Down On IPAB

- April 10, 2013

Like Obama’s FY13 Budget, Obama Once Again Doubles Down On The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)

Obama’s 2014 Budget: “Strengthen The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) To Reduce Long-Term Drivers of Medicare Cost Growth.” (OMB, 4/10/13)

  • Obama's 2014 Budget Lowers The Threshold For IPAB To Make Payment Changes To Medicare “IPAB has been highlighted by economists and health policy experts as a key contributor to Medicare’s long term solvency, and this proposal would lower the target rate from the GDP per capita growth rate plus one percentage point to plus 0.5 percentage point.” (OMB, 4/10/13)

Obama’s 2013 Budget: “Strengthen the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to Reduce Long-Term Drivers of Medicare Cost Growth.” (OMB, 2/13/12)

  • Obama's Budget Lowers The Threshold For IPAB To Make Payment Changes To Medicare And Provides IPAB With "Additional Tools" To Control Spending. "To further moderate the rate of Medicare growth, this pro­posal would lower the target rate from the GDP per capita growth rate plus 1 percent to plus 0.5 percent. Additionally, the proposal would give IPAB additional tools like the ability to consider value-based benefit design." (OMB, 2/13/12)

The IPAB Was Created To Cut Medicare

ObamaCare Created IPAB “To Cut Medicare.” “That’s the job description for the 15 members of the Independent Payment Advisory Board — the new panel created by President Barack Obama’s health care law to come up with ways to cut Medicare spending if it grows too fast.” (David Nather, “Medicare Cost-Cutting Job Could Be Worst In D.C.,” Politico, 5/14/11)

  • The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office Found That IPAB Will Be Required To Recommend Changes To Medicare Spending. “The legislation also would establish an Independent Payment Advisory Board, which would be required, under certain circumstances, to recommend changes to the Medicare program to limit the rate of growth in that program’s spending.” (Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Majority Leader Harry Reid, 12/19/09)
     
  • IPAB Will Advocate For Medicare Payment Cuts To Doctors. “The 15-member board will recommend cuts in Medicare payments to doctors, which will take effect automatically unless Congress votes to block them.” (Sam Baker, “Sebelius: Congress Can Avoid IPAB By Addressing Medicare Costs,” The Hill’s Health Watch,” 7/12/11)

With IPAB, Obama Is Not Reducing Costs But “Limiting Or Denying Care.” “His plan: Use the Independent Payment Advisory Board to limit care and squeeze doctors and hospitals. In other words, he’s not reducing costs; he is limiting or denying care.” (Jennifer Rubin, “Obama’s Reverse Course On The Debt,” The Washington Post’s Right Turn Blog, 9/19/11)

 


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