Friday, March 23, 2012

Congressman Crawford Remarks on the Repeal of IPAB

Rep Rick Crawford address Repeal of IPAB: In my rural Arkansas district, senior citizens rely on Medicare, and without that coverage they would be in a world of hurt. IPAB has the real threat of limiting seniors' access to treatment. I will not stand idly by while the IPAB Board of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats try to deny Medicare services to my constituents.

ARRA News Service reported that on Thursday, the House passed (223-181) H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act, which would repeal a government board tasked with finding Medicare savings, and institute medical tort reform across the country. Several Democrats said they would have supported IPAB repeal because they feared the board could recommend Medicare cuts without having to gauge the opinion of Congress. However they objected to the tort reform language that imposed a nationwide limit of $250,000 in punitive damages in medical lawsuits. It will now be interesting how or even if the Senate considers this critical bill.

Tags: Rick Crawford, House Floor speech, repeal, IPAB, Federal health care, H.R. 5, Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act,

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