Ribble Votes to Keep Doctors and Seniors in Charge of Medicare

Mar 22, 2012 Issues: Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) voted for H.R. 5 the "Protecting Access to Health Care Act,” which repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This board is comprised of 15 unelected members who are tasked with finding ways to cut Medicare. Congressman Ribble was a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation that passed the House today on a vote of 223-181.

“The repeal of IPAB will help protect seniors and their access to Medicare benefits,” said Ribble. “Instead of having unelected bureaucrats make decisions about Medicare behind closed doors, I want to give the power back to the American people and their doctors. IPAB is another example of how government overreach and bureaucracies created in the healthcare reform law are restricting access to vital care, especially for the elderly and disabled.

“On the eve of the healthcare law’s second anniversary it’s important to reflect on whether or not our country is better off. The simple answer is no. This administration seems to think that ‘government knows best’ when it comes to health care instead of doctors and patients know best. I believe that seniors and their doctors have the right to make their own decisions about their health care needs without the government interfering. Millions of seniors depend on Medicare and I will continue to do all that I can in the fight to protect and preserve it.”