Soon to be EX Speaker Face Lift told us we had to pass the bill to see what was in it didn’t she? YUP, and since it passed there have been lots of OH SHIT moments!
It’s very easy for Obamacare supporters to scoff at the whole idea that there are “death panels” ensconced in Obama’s health care power grab. But the fact of the matter is that they exist in a defacto form. One of those defacto death panels is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an agency invented under Obamacare that has no congressional oversight and will be able to summarily cancel your drug prescriptions as paid for by Medicare.
The IPAB is not well known by Americans, but it is a 15-member board appointed by the president and while members are confirmed by the Senate, the board is not otherwise answerable to anyone but the president. As to its duties, this board was given the responsibility to put a spending cap on Medicare. One way that the IPAB intends to do that is to decide what drugs are cost effective enough for government to pay for.
In other words, the IPAB will decide whether or not Medicare patients will be allowed to have a drug and its decision to eliminate the drug will be based solely on cost, not effectiveness or medical necessity. These decisions will also not be made with your doctor. It will be a top down, bureaucratic decision, not a decision based on medical science.
If the government decides that your lifesaving drug is too expensive, then you simply won’t be allowed to have it. How is that not a “death panel”? Can anyone see a meaningful difference between a “death panel” and the IPAB’s powers?
Read the whole thing folks, this is scary, and this is the very thing we all knew this bill would do! That is why most Americans were, and are vehemently opposed to this bill, or any other “comprehensive” health care bill. We fear granting the government such power. Sarah Palin, and anyone else who raised fears of death panels was ripped by the media as a fear monger or a nut. Yet, many aspects of this bill scream death panels!