New year, same resolution.
Just weeks into the 113th Congress, GOP lawmakers are making attempts to dismantle the 2010 healthcare law, and one of those efforts has bipartisan support.
That's the legislation introduced today by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's contentious—and unpopular—Independent Payment Advisory Board. Roe, a physician, introduced his bill in the last Congress and more than 230 co-sponsors signed onto it, including 20 Democrats (it later passed as part of other legislation). The bill Roe introduced today currently has 83 original co-sponsors from last year's legislation, and a spokeswoman for Roe said in an e-mail that his office expects the bill to gain support. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), its lead Democrat co-sponsor, said in a statement that history has shown “blunt instruments aimed at simply reducing costs are not the best solution,” and said IPAB has the potential to stifle both innovation and collaboration among providers.