Kevin Cramer

11/02/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/02/2017 17:15

House Protects Seniors’ Medicare With IPAB Repeal Bill

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a bill passed by the House of Representatives today repealing the dangerous Independent Payment Advisory Board, which allows unelected Washington bureaucrats to make unilateral cuts to Medicare with little accountability or transparency.

Created as part of Obamacare, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created a new federal agency with the authority to unilaterally alter Medicare spending. If the American people disagree with IPAB's changes, Congress can only overturn the ruling with a supermajority vote - an unprecedented amount of power given to an unelected agency.

'Putting so much power in the hands of an unelected few is not only unwise, but goes against the very fabric of our democracy,' said Cramer. 'IPAB epitomizes the 'Washington knows better than you' mentality, and with such strong bipartisan support for repeal, I would hope the Senate can move this legislation in order to protect our seniors from unaccountable cuts made to the Medicare program.'

The Protecting Senior's Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 849) was introduced by Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-N.J.), and has significant bipartisan support both on Capitol Hill and across the nation. Over 700 organizations, including patients, seniors, veterans, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and disease specific organizations support the repeal legislation.

During his tenure in Congress, Cramer has been a staunch opponent of IPAB and has voted to eliminate it on more than five occasions since 2013.