Palin Vindicated: GOP Sends IPAB to the Death Panel
spectator ^ | February 9, 2018, | DAVID CATRON
Posted on 2/12/2018, 7:32:47 AM by MarvinStinson
Despite what we read in the “news” media about GOP failure to repeal Obamacare, congressional Republicans and President Trump are dismembering the reviled healthcare law, limb by limb.
The latest appendage lopped off was its most dangerous — the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), investing unelected bureaucrats with power to “recommend” reductions in Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. This would have inevitably reduced access to care for the elderly. That dangerous Obamacare provision was repealed this morning.
If you have heard of IPAB, it is because Sarah Paalin dubbed it the “death panel.” Her crusade against IPAB is one of the primary reasons her public reputation was systematically destroyed by Democrats and their media toadies.
Just this morning the Washington Post trashed her:
…..Recall the hysteria over “death panels,” that infamous and terribly misleading descriptor coined by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who contended the panel would lead to the rationing of care (even though the panel had no say over what services Medicare covers). Palin’s claim, which GOP candidates widely adopted to strike emotional chords with voters, was chosen by PolitiFact as its “Lie of the Year” back in 2009….
The claim that Palin’s statement was “misleading” is simply false. Here’s how rationing would have worked under IPAB: The board would “recommend” cutbacks in the amount a doctor gets paid for treating a Medicare patient. Because doctors already lose money on Medicare patients, a certain percentage would have to stop treating them in order to survive financially. Thus, Medicare patients would have had less access to care, and that would have been lethal to some.
Fortunately for seniors, congressional Republicans and President Trump didn’t need to have it named for them by the Democratic Party or its publicists at the Post and other alleged news outlets.
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