Since we filed our lawsuit against President Obama's federal healthcare reform, we have warned of a little discussed board with unchecked powers.
As our Diane Cohen said in a June report, the panel's "unelected members will have effectively unfettered power to impose taxes and ration care for all Americans, whether the government pays their medical bills or not." She added that it is independent, but in the worst sense of the word: "It wields power independent of Congress, independent of the president, independent of the judiciary, and independent of the will of the people."
As he prepares for his speech tonight at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, we're glad to see vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan shine a bright light on this dangerous panel:
Ryan’s attacks on the health law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board — a centerpiece of his campaign event with Mitt Romney in Manchester, N. H., Monday — are ripped from the pages of the playbook Republicans used during the health reform debate. Sarah Palin stirred up the opposition by warning of “death panels,” and other Republicans charged that the entire law would put government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors.
Now, Ryan is bringing that rhetoric back by warning voters of the dangers of the “rationing board.”
Ryan has long been one of the harshest — and most vocal — critics of the new board. It’s a panel that will be tasked with controlling future Medicare growth, and that duty will require rationing health care, Ryan says.
Obama “puts this new board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats that he’s about to appoint, who are required to cut Medicare every year in ways that will clearly lead to denied care for current seniors,” Ryan said at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Monday.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Learn more about the Independent Payment Advisory Board here.