Magazine November 13, 2017, Issue

Cutting Medicare the Wrong Way

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Obamacare’s unelected board cannot overcome the obstacles to reform

The long-promised effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is stalled, but there is still work on health care that the Republican Congress should do. At the top of the list should be the elimination of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

IPAB — enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 — is perhaps most famous for being called a “death panel” by Sarah Palin (who had previously applied the claim to a different and eventually discarded part of the Obamacare proposal). This was a cheap shot by the former Alaska governor, but IPAB was indeed designed to

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Jay Cost is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Faith and Freedom at Grove City College.

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Books, Arts & Manners




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