Add former presidential candidate Howard Dean to the list of Democrats supporting the repeal of a controversial Medicare cost-cutting board in President Obama’s healthcare law.
Dean, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday, called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) “essentially a health-care rationing body” and said he believes it will fail.
“There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting — the essential mechanism of the IPAB — has a 40-year track record of failure,” Dean wrote.
Healthcare providers staunchly oppose the IPAB, which makes nearly automatic cuts in Medicare’s payments to providers if the program’s spending grows faster than a certain rate.
Dean represents healthcare industries in his position as a senior adviser at the law and lobbying firm McKenna Long & Aldridge.
Read More at The Hill . By Sam Baker.