Mid-March, AMAC confirmed its support for a bicameral bill, S. 141, which is sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and H.R. 1190, which is sponsored by Representative Phil Roe (TN-01). Entitled the “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015,” its chief aim is to repeal the harmful provisions of ObamaCare. In particular, the bills seek to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – a board of 15 unelected government bureaucrats who are responsible for Medicare decision-making. The IPAB has generated concerns across the political spectrum.
The Honorable John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Cornyn,
On behalf of the 1.3 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to offer our strong support for S. 141, the “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015.” This timely legislation addresses a crucial change necessary to unburden the public – particularly mature Americans and seniors – from the harmful impacts of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” known more commonly as “ObamaCare.”
S. 141 justly repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board, often referred to as the IPAB, located in sections 3403 and 10320 of ObamaCare. One of the most troubling parts of ObamaCare, the IPAB is a board of 15 unelected government bureaucrats that is vested with immense decision-making power regarding Medicare in America. The most concerning aspects of the IPAB are its virtually unchecked latitude in deciding how Medicare is administered, the nature of approved treatments, and how cuts will be made to the program – all without real oversight or actual debate. AMAC is also concerned that members of the IPAB are not required to have any training or experience in the medical profession; yet, they are allowed to make highly consequential decisions about health care delivery in our country.
At a core level, AMAC firmly believes that a body of unaccountable, unelected individuals should not be endowed with such a vast degree of authority on a program as significant as Medicare. AMAC also feels that by concentrating more power at extra-legal levels of the federal government – with panels like the IPAB – transparency, accountability, and oversight are considerably reduced, and the vital relationship between patients and their doctors is further eroded.
AMAC is wholly committed to fighting the IPAB and other harmful provisions of ObamaCare. Thanks to your leadership and attention to this important issue, AMAC is proud to support S. 141, the “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015.”
President and Founder of AMAC