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Stand Up for Pro-Taxpayer Health Care Reform, Support H.R. 452!
An Open Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives:
March 21, 2012
We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans who seek limited government and economic freedom, urge you to enact H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act. This legislation would repeal provisions relating to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) contained in the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While each of us advocates completely abolishing the fiscally disastrous 2010 law, H.R. 452 would remove a major obstacle to consumer-based, pro-taxpayer health care reform.
Aside from its economically devastating tax increases, oppressive individual mandates, and onerous dictates for businesses, PPACA would dramatically expand government’s already meddlesome role in the health services marketplace. One way the law achieves these undesirable ends is through IPAB. A coalition of organizations led by the Doctor Patient Medical Association has offered many worthy arguments against this bureaucratic nightmare, including its unjustified grant of authority and its detrimental impact on retired Americans’ access to services. There are, however, additional reasons why fiscal conservatives of both parties should support H.R. 452:
We understand that some view the dissolution of IPAB as a strategy to deflect political criticism away from other parts of PPACA, thereby easing their integration into the health care system. However, we believe that in addition to holding votes on repealing PPACA as a whole, it is vital to take every legislative opportunity for protecting Americans from PPACA’s most harmful facets. H.R. 452 would make an admirable contribution toward this end.
As many of us warned more than two years ago, PPACA has led to adverse consequences such as higher rather than lower insurance premiums as the law takes effect, and a rising gross cost spiral that assumes more businesses will be trapped by penalties. Given these ominous signs, IPAB’s capacity to make fatally flawed decisions for the health care system, the federal government’s finances, and the entire economy is all the more alarming.
Elected officials must reassert responsibility over health policy and change direction away from PPACA’s government-dominated approach. H.R. 452 is a key element in this course correction, and we urge its immediate passage.