Medicare-cutting panel should be blocked

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August 16, 2011
Orange County Register
by Grace-Marie Turner  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary, PND Commentary

"Washington is as polarized as ever, but there is one area of growing bipartisan consensus: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are coming together to oppose a controversial board created by last year's healthcare overhaul law. The Independent Payment Advisory Board was created to take difficult decisions about cutting Medicare spending out of the hands of legislators and give the powers to a panel of appointed, independent experts. However, as California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark recently explained, the board is 'unprecedented abrogation of congressional authority to an unelected, unaccountable body.'" (08/15/11)  

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