Senate Faces Increasing Pressure To Repeal IPAB

“In its “”Healthwatch”” blog, The Hill (3/1, Pecquet) reports the Senate is facing “”increasing pressure”” to repeal the healthcare law requirement for “”a Medicare cost-cutting panel.”” House Republicans were joined by two Democrats in pressing a subpanel on Wednesday to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), referred to by opponents as a “”rationing board.”” A vote of 17-5 “”underscored the bipartisan support for repealing the board, which Obama has made the centerpiece of his efforts to reduce Medicare spending. It also provided evidence the legislation could have a shot at passing the Senate.”” In an election year, the Hill says that if a vote to repeal the panel came to the Senate, many Democrats “”would be in a tight spot.”” “

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