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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Buck Votes to Put Patients, Not Bureaucrats, In Charge of Health Care

June 23, 2015
Press Release




CONTACT: Katherine Rosario, 202-226-8414


Washington – Today the House passed the Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2015 (H.R. 1190), which repeals the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB is a board of unelected bureaucrats tasked with finding and implementing ways to control Medicare spending. Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) voted for the bill, which passed by 244 to 154, and released the following statement:

“Giving a small group of unelected bureaucrats such strong influence over senior citizens’ health care decisions is unacceptable. It’s the kind of top-down, Washington-centric solution that will severely limit health care options. It opens the door to rationing of care without congressional approval,” said Buck.

He continued, “We have a lot of work to do on health care before the American people are given a health care system that actually works for them. Obamacare has caused so much damage already. To turn it around means repealing Obamacare in its entirety and passing new reforms that empower patients.” 

According to analysis by the Heritage Foundation, IPAB is statutorily prohibited from “rationing,” but the statute includes no formal definition, and the board will still have to restrict access to providers, services, and/or treatments to hold down costs. Because the board is prohibited by law from proposing real structural reforms the only cuts it is allowed to make would be cutting providers’ reimbursements.

Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) is the Freshman Class President. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  He serves on the OGR Subcommittees on Government Operations and the Interior and is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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