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AMA Statement on House Energy and Commerce Committee Passing H.R. 452, Legislation to Repeal IPAB

For immediate release:
March 6, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Peter W. Carmel, MD
President, American Medical Association

"We applaud the House Energy and Commerce Committee for passing H.R. 452, legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The AMA has actively supported repeal of the IPAB because it would add to the problems caused by the broken Medicare physician payment formula.

"The IPAB would have far too little accountability and the ability to make across-the-board Medicare cuts. This is not what we need at a time when Congress is already struggling to eliminate a failed formula that threatens access to care for seniors and military families. Today the Energy and Commerce Committee took an important bipartisan step in preventing further indiscriminate cuts that we know do not work. We look forward to continuing to work with members of Congress to strengthen Medicare for patients and physicians."

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AMA Media Relations
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