Howard Dean: Please Fund Obamacare, Even Though It Can’t Work
It’s really a shame we can’t have a discussion with liberals that didn’t involve them lying.
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In an op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean argues that Obamacare’s main cost-control mechanism, the Independent Payments Advisory Board (IPAB), will not work. Nevertheless, he says, Congress should reject attempts to defund Obamacare.
The IPAB is fundamental to the design of Obamacare, rivaling the individual mandate in importance. It would consist of fifteen experts with final authority to decide what treatments public insurance will cover. Former Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag, who championed the IPAB, said in 2010 that it has “an enormous amount of potential power” to control health-care costs in Medicare and Medicaid:
…this is a very substantial change. Statutory power to put forward proposals to reduce health care cost growth over time, and improve quality, and those proposals take effect automatically if Congress ignores them, if Congress votes them down and the President vetoes that bill.