11/02/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/02/2017 18:00
Washington, D.C. - Today in the House, Rep. Mike Gallagher voted in favor of the Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act, a bill to strengthen Medicare through repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The IPAB is a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats who have the power to circumvent Congress and reduce Medicare spending for seniors as the board sees fit. With these potential arbitrary Medicare cuts, many seniors in Northeast Wisconsin would see a decrease in access to care.
'The IPAB is one of the worst elements of the ACA; not only does it threaten the quality of care our seniors receive, but it puts an advisory board of unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. in between a patient and their doctor,' Rep. Gallagher said. 'By repealing IPAB, the House took a critical step in protecting seniors' Medicare benefits and care, and restoring power back to the People to make decisions about their healthcare,' he continued.
Background on HR 849, the Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act, and IPAB: