Senate Republicans have kept their promise to continue the work of their House colleagues in repealing last year's health reform law.
GOP lawmakers offer bills targeting reform, IPAB
On Wednesday, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced legislation to fully repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with 34 Republicans co-sponsoring the bill. Those sponsors include Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas), John Thune (R-South Dakota), and John Kyl (R-Ariz.). The move for repeal comes a day after President Barack Obama urged members of both legislative bodies to “fix what needs fixing” in the bill and move forward, rather than to re-fight the battles of the past two years.
“Repealing ObamaCare is vital to the future of our nation and the health of our people,” DeMint said in a news release. “ObamaCare will raise health costs, reduce choices, ration care, hike taxes, cut jobs, increase the national debt, and put bureaucrats between doctors and their patients.” At deadline, a summary of the bill was not yet available.
Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), a physician, introduced a House bill that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board established by the Affordable Care Act. The IPAB, which is a major cost control measure in the law, will begin proposing major spending cuts in 2015. Those cuts become effective unless Congress acts quickly to replace them with other savings. The board was widely opposed by physicians groups when Congress considered the law because of concerns that it would control future spending mainly by cutting clinician reimbursements.
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