Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) has a new editorial in this morning’s USA Today condemning the Affordable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is tasked with making binding recommendations to Congress for lowering health care spending, as a rationing body that will drive a “wedge between physicians and their patients.” The claim has been repeatedly debunked by fact checking organizations and this website, but Gingrey goes a step further, suggesting that the “IPAB board members aren’t required to be doctors, or have any medical experience at all”:
In fact, the health care law even gives IPAB the authority to operate in secret and accept unlimited donations of services or even property from lobbyists. Cash, meals, cars, vacations and even homes will all be fair game under the current law. The potential for corruption is limitless.
The law itself says otherwise. Flip to Sec. 3403, page 423 of the Affordable Care Act and you’ll find that not only are some of the members physicians — appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate — but that they’re also held by the ethics standards established in the Ethics in Government Act of 1978:
Given Gingrey’s history of misstatements and outright lies, these most recent claims are just part of the way he operates. What’s more troubling is that USA Today continues to print his screeds, no questions asked.