Death Panel Malpractice

On Wednesday, a House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee voted to approve, and send to the full committee, H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011, which "repeal[s] the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board."

In short, 15 Republicans and two Democrats voted to stop the implementation of the Obamacare bureaucracy that Sarah Palin famously termed "death panels." The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) would recommend reductions in Medicare payments needed to keep the system within budgetary restrictions. Conservatives such as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan say it represents nothing less than health care rationing while Obamacare supporters say that IPAB offers needed cost controls and that Congress can override IPAB recommendations or suggest other cuts to keep Medicare solvent. They are both right.

Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:

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