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Obamacare Focus Will be on the Controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board in the Coming Months

Can we trust the promise that the IPAB will not ration health care for senior citizens?

by John Grimaldi

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr 18 – There’s been little news in recent months about the Obamacare provision that creates an Independent Payment Advisory Board. “This, despite the extraordinary powers the IPAB would have over the delivery of health care services to Americans,” according to senior citizen advocate Dan Weber.

Weber, who is president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, noted that the White House has yet to nominate members of the IPAB. “Perhaps it’s because the pervasive and intrusive nature of the board would be exposed at a time when liberals can ill afford such disclosure. They’d be hard pressed to defend the so-called Death Panel come the November mid-term elections,” he said.

“Remember the promise that you could keep your doctor under Obamacare. Can we trust the promise that the IPAB will not ration health care for senior citizens?”

But, Weber, added it will be difficult to keep the panel and its extraordinary authority under wraps when Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who has been nominated to become the next Health and Human Services Secretary. She’ll undergo scrutiny in the Senate before she can be confirmed and the IPAB will be a topic of discussion, he pointed out.

“She could duck the issue, but it will be difficult for her to ignore the fact that along with becoming the new Secretary, she will also become the first and only member of the IPAB and that makes her appointment highly controversial.”

In a recent article published by Forbes, health care expert Michael Cannon wrote that “Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, if the Senate does not confirm any nominees to the Act’s 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board, then all of the Board’s powers fall to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.”

Cannon is director of health policy studies at Cato Institute highly regarded as an expert on the Affordable Care Act. As he put it: “IPAB’s unelected members will have effectively unfettered power to impose taxes and ration care for all Americans, whether the government pays their medical bills or not.”

It’s a timely topic considering the fact that in June oral arguments will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court in a high profile law suit focused on the legitimacy of the IPAB. The plaintiff in the case, the Goldwater Institute, makes what it calls “the strongest legal challenge to date in Coons v. Geithner by arguing the federal health care law exceeds the powers of Congress and violates individual rights as well as violates the Separation of Powers doctrine.”

Weber said he believes the lawsuit could have a “chilling” impact on the future of Obamacare. “It is focused on the IPAB calling the panel ‘an unconstitutional delegation of Congressional powers.’ And it will bring attention to how liberal elitists can easily use the law to control the lives of each and every one of us.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber and Michael Young are available for telephone interviews on this issue. Editors and reporters may contact John Grimaldi by phone at 917-846-8485 or via email at [email protected] to set up a call.

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Donald King
6 years ago

I’m 72 years old and still employed. I’ve worked since around age 13. Before Obama, I was not a racist, but he’s turning me into one. I didn’t belong to the NRA – I do now. I was looking forward to retirement prior to him being elected. Now I am hesitant to do so. We may all wake up some morning to find that our retirement savings have been appropriated and are being redistributed to others. Also, if I don’t keep active, his death panel me decide that I am no longer a productive individual deserving to receive medical care.… Read more »

6 years ago

If the IPAB (aka Death Panel) is unconstitutional, then why are we even entertaining the notion of it?

6 years ago

I can’t stand this Boogie and all his black cohorts smelling up our white house, but I also blame that big black baboon he is married to, for putting ideas in his head. She is to blame just as much as this traitor, her husband. She hates America with a passion, and hides it by pretending she’s so American. Bullshit on her too! They are for the blacks only, besides themselves. One of their reasons for taking this country to task and certain ruin. Just like Hitler took down the Jews. This snake is Satan in disguise! Coming from the… Read more »

Robert A Hirschmann
6 years ago

This is not the same country that I was born and brought up in. My father fought in WW2 and I enlisted at 17 with the Korean war dwindling down. While still in the service, I got married and we had 3 children. Spent 4 years stationed in the pentagon as a “confidential courier” (AKA mailman). When in D.C. I had to work 2 part time jobs since i was only an E-4 and Washington is an expensive place to live. When I got discharged we moved to a small town in Florida where we discovered we were “outsiders”. Never… Read more »

Ingrid Dohler
6 years ago

I never thought, I’d find that many like minded people on this site. I am glad that AMAC was formed and established

requisite anomaly
6 years ago

Obama is a globalist of the first order, I’m astonished that people still hope that IPAB will not be a worst case scenario when this is exactly what ACA was about all along. Listen, the first lesson of adulthood and especially politics is that “behind each visible agenda always lies at least one, usually more, hidden agendas” so that the “unforeseen or unintended consequences” were what the agenda was all about from the very beginning. The globalists have long preached that current population trends and entightlment programs are unsustainable. If humanist government leaders are given control of healthcare ( IPAB)… Read more »

Marie Lecvy
6 years ago

Should we really be surprised at anything this president does? He has continually lied since before he was even elected,yet he was chosen 2 times, maybe even by the same people who obviously don’t seem to get it! What are those of us in the minority to do? I’m terribly afraid for my country. I don’t have children, but I really feel for those who do. What are they going to say to their kids when they are asked what’s going wrong here? Will they be willing to take the blame? I doubt it! I guess we should all pray… Read more »

Mary Bernier
6 years ago

I strongly believe that the only way our elected officials will learn who they represent is to vote them out every election. No one should be in the senate or congress for decades. Remember: clout stands for Constantly Looting Our Unsuspecting/Uninformed Taxpayers.

Pete Fischel
6 years ago

The sad fact is that President Obama has proven over and over that he is not to be trusted in anything he says. And America better wake up sooner rather than later!! I am 79, and a student of electoral politics since age 15. I have never seen anything like what’s happening in Washington, D.C. these days. It’s worse than alarming. It’s down-right dangerous! If the GOP doesn’t take control of the U. S. Senate this November, we absolutely become a 3rd World country by 2017! Too much damage will have been done, and reversal will not be possible. WAKE… Read more »

Alfred L. Kreps
6 years ago

The Executive branch is loaded with incompetent losers who bow to the foreign born Obama. I am in my 80s. It is amazing to see that so many poor bureaucrats can congregate in one place, taking high paying salaries paid by the taxpayers to screw up what once was the greatest nation to ever exist. Five years destroying 200 years of prosperity turning the country over to welfare takers who do not want to work. They live off food coupons, free health care, free gas, rent assistance, unemployment payments and receive a tax refund when they have never paid any… Read more »

6 years ago

You know you can count on Obama to do only one thing…LIE!…and be involved in corrupt activities that are not good for our Country and its people…and to turn the brothers and sisters of this once great “united ” nation against one another. He’s been doing that since he’s been in public office…and before. How could we put such a lying loser whose goal has been and apparently still is to “take down” the US in the White House to lead us….to destruction? He’s got us on a one way trip “out”…the sooner we can get him out the better.… Read more »

Kevin Seirz
6 years ago

ObamaCare Payment Advisory Boards ……….. Can anyone other than me say DEATH PANELS ???

Peggy Surles
6 years ago

I truly believe the Christians are falling short of their convictions about our country.
It doesn’t take a smart person to see what Obama is doing to our country.
It will take a lot of prayers to straighten out the mess.
Thanks so much for all you are doing.

Jody Jacobs
6 years ago

Calling your reps. in DC will have little effect. WE need to vote those in office OUT and go outside the 2 party system.
I believe ALL runners for office should be invited to debate not just Rep. and Dem.

Michael K
6 years ago

There are a lot of great post’s here today. I would like to share the following with you. I didn’t write the article that follows, I think Charlie Reese did.. but it sure is appropriately related to this artical…. after you read it, please do not forget to VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS each and every one… “Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are… Read more »

Henry Fierro
6 years ago

I am a senior, age 73, and IPAB will definitely kill my cohort of humans. Until you get out the leader of this country, who is not really a home grown black (Kenya) not much better than our home grown Sharpton. Al thinks our president is the current risen Jesus! Let’s all get behind Ben Carson. That’s the only chance we have left other than leaving this country (may be a viable solution) But to where?

6 years ago

If our worthless Congress members don’t grow a set and start working for the people instead of Soros and Obama, and, if the voters don’t get our in numbers and vote out the Liberal members of Congress, there will be no choice but to have a revolution. I still believe, as crooked as this administration is, they will let illegals, dead people and any other who so chooses vote. They will likely get back in. They don’t mind using the back door. Why in the world, when we know they’re lying about the economy, is there not more ruckus raised… Read more »

grama great
6 years ago

Ben Carson represents our hope for EVER turning America back around!

Support him running for PREZ!

Barbara Knuckles
6 years ago

Barack Obama’s hero, according to a pre-election speech he made when running for his first term, is Adolph Hitler. When asked what his favorite book was, Obama answered, “Mein Kempf'”,a book written by Adolph Hitler himself. If you skim through this book (I, personally, could not stand to read it in its entirety), you will find that Obama is directly following Hitler’s plan to rule the world, so for those who are history buffs as I am, it is easy to discern Obama’s future plans, the exact same plans Hitler followed when he took over Germany and much of Europe!.… Read more »

6 years ago

Why would anyone believe anything this administration has to say. Every promise that was made has been broken. Between flat out dishonest legislators and a lying incompetent president I do not feel I can trust anything they say. Even if it were chiseled in stone I would not trust it….we have a president who changes laws at his whim by executive order and a lap dog Congress and Judiciary that sit by and allow it to continue. The liar in chief has fulfilled one promise he made, i.e. to radically change America. He sure has done and continues to do… Read more »

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