Lawmakers Who Oppose The IPAB Take In Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From Health Industry

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) just testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of their legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a 15-member commission that would make recommendations to Congress about lowering Medicare reimbursements if costs increase beyond a certain point. Lawmakers are pitching the bill as an effort to eliminate “rationing” and restore the relationship between the patient and the doctor, but Texas and Tennessee are both home to higher-cost providers that would likely be affected by the board’s reductions and both lawmakers have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from health care professionals. Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), who is also testifying against the IPAB today, has taken in $195,850 from health professionals and $99,200 from hospitals and nursing homes.