Howard Dean: ObamaCare's Price-Fixing Is Doomed
Independent Payment Advisory Board ought to face bipartisan scrutiny
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2013 1:10 PM CDT
Howard Dean is seen at a campaign rally in this 2003 file photo.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

(Newser) – Howard Dean isn't toeing the party line when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Dean praises parts of the law, but takes aim at one of its key provisions: "the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board," that will determine what rates Medicare will pay for various procedures and drugs. "The IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them," Dean warns.

While our system does need to control costs somehow, "rate setting—the essential mechanism of the IPAB—has a 40-year track record of failure." Dean's own home state of Vermont has tried it, and seen "virtually no long-term effect on costs." What it has done is frustrate patients "because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients." Thanks to partisanship, there's no way the law is changing, but "getting rid of the IPAB is something Democrats and Republicans ought to agree on." Click for Dean's full piece.

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BeingStill
Aug 5, 2013 11:02 PM CDT
Ah, it seems like yesterday when I tried to tell people what a cluster screw-up this whole piece of legislation the (not-so) Affordable Care Act was going to be. I was on campus at my local university taking classes, and too many had drank the Kool-Aid of how wonderful it was going to be. Well, NOW its "law" - and the ENTIRE Democratic Party in Washington bought it hook, line, and sinker! Needless to say, this is what you get when you vote for lemmings that "tow the party line" in Washington rather than actually THINKING for themselves and, more importantly, for their constituents! I think the next piece of legislation with respect to this debacle should be to raid the bank personal bank accounts and assets of those that voted for the bill! ...including Obamass! Perhaps THEN they'll start to "see the light" as to how absolutely ridiculous such a piece of legislation really is. We haven't even begun to hear about all the nightmares of what this legislation is going to "do" for/against us. I am NO Republican, but I am proud of those that are obstructing the liberal, socialist, communist, "progressive," fascist agenda in Washington... its the ONLY thing that's saved us from going totally in the can as a country! The next presidential primaries and general election will be EXTREMELY telling!
homer57
Jul 30, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
Affordable care Act; what a train wreck to come! I read it and i have read the book "Obamacare Survival guide! Here is my summation of the whole mess for what it is worth! In a word..."CONTROL" The health care industry will have control of what you buy or don't buy in the way of health care and the govt will benefit from that w/taxes. the IRS will control, through threats and intimidation and taxes and assessments etc and people will toe the line! It is nothing more than a marketing idea to sell more insurance that is NOW mandatory and people, corporations will be fined if they don't pay! In essense, it is getting the people who are young and health to pay for the ones who don't and to front what may be what happens in the future. It is the govt telling people that they are MANDATED" to do this whether they like it or not...it is for our own good and we are to submit by force!! Is that what is needed or commanded?
clmsman
Jul 30, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
This thing or this monster that the Democrats and the Obama pushed down everyone's throat is going be destroyed by its own weight. I have a friend who works for a big corporation his boss was fired and when he asked whether he was next they said no because he is a contract worker and they are moving to outsource to contractors more. Code word Obamcare mandates and they are going to reduce their permanent employee roles and shift over to contractors and outsourcing to get away from this unworkable law.