Medicare pay board unpopular

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Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed doubts regarding the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel created by the law to contain Medicare costs.

The IPAB panel would be made up of an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers, appointed by the president. It would be tasked with slowing the growth of Medicare costs and recommending ways to lower spending while retaining services for seniors.

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said it would ration care.

Even supporters of the Affordable Care Act, including Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), oppose the new panel.
“IPAB turns Medicare into a scapegoat,” Max Richtman, executive vice president and acting CEO of the National Committee, told Politico.
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