The Panel That Will Not Die

Romney did what he needed to in the debate, by forcing Obama to address facts. One of the things Romney did was to bring up the Independent Payment Advisory Board which is created via Obamacare. Some of you may know it by the name “Death Panel.” George Will offers the following:

Late in the debate, when Romney for a third time referred to Obamacare’s creation of “an unelected board, appointed board, who are going to decide what kind of [medical] treatment you ought to have,” Obama said, “No, it isn’t.” Oh?

The Independent Payment Advisory Board perfectly illustrates liberalism’s itch to remove choices from individuals, and from their elected representatives, and to repose the power to choose in supposed experts liberated from democratic accountability. Beginning in 2014, IPAB would consist of 15 unelected technocrats whose recommendations for reducing Medicare costs must be enacted by Congress by Aug. 15 of each year. If Congress does not enact them, or other measures achieving the same level of cost containment, IPAB’s proposals automatically are transformed from recommendations into law. Without being approved by Congress. Without being signed by the president.

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By Obamacare’s terms, Congress can repeal IPAB only during a seven-month window in 2017, and then only by three-fifths majorities in both chambers. After that, the law precludes Congress from ever altering IPAB proposals.

Does that not sound like a group of people who are largely above and beyond the law (and the power of lawmakers to change)? Do we really wish for such an oligarchic approach to solving the matters of the Republic?

It is time to get rid of Obamacare. The best way to do that begins with a vote on November 6. If we don’t succeed in removing Obamacare, we are looking at the creation of, among other things, the panel that will not die.