What Is Driving Dems To Oppose The IPAB? |
Politico’s Jen Haberkorn is reporting that the Republicans’ push to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a 15-member commission that would make recommendations to Congress about lowering Medicare spending if costs increase beyond a certain point — may be gaining some traction with Democrats. By our count,
seven six Democrats now support repeal: Berkley (NV), Castor (FL), Capuano (MA), Kissell (NC), Linda Sanchez (CA), and Schwartz (PA). All received substantial amounts of money from the health care industry, which would be most affected by the board.
We originally misreported that Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) is a co-sponsor of the IPAB repeal bill. To be clear, Stark opposes IPAB, but does not support this particular legislative vehicle.