Call Your Congressman: Support the Repeal of IPAB

Published 02/10/12


Who should be making the decisions about what kind of medical treatments are best for you?

It seems like common sense that those kinds of decisions should be left between you and your doctor.  But nothing about ObamaCare is common sense.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a 15-member panel of unelected government bureaucrats will be empowered to sit in judgment of what kind and how much care people will receive.  They're called the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB.

Do you need that new, cutting-edge, life-saving drug to treat cancer?  Well, then you better hope IPAB can "justify the cost" of that drug.  If they can't, then Medicare won't pay for it.

We've seen a preview of just what is to come under IPAB in the FDA's decision to de-label the cancer-treatment drug Avastin.  The FDA decided to revoke approval for the drug since, according to them, Avastin isn't significantly effective for the "average patient."

When the government controls access to drugs and treatment, people will be reduced to statistical averages, not treated as individual patients.

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would get rid of the health care rationing board IPAB.  The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act — HR 452 — introduced by Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) would repeal the creation of IPAB from ObamaCare, freeing people from having their medical treatment held hostage by a government panel unconcerned with what is best for the individual.

Call your Congressman today.  Tell him or her to support the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act and tell them to get rid of IPAB once and for all.


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