Independent Payment Advisory Board Faces Early Difficulties.

Politico (5/14, Nather) reported that the Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the new healthcare law “to come up with ways to cut Medicare spending if it grows too fast,” has “become a huge lightning rod.” Republicans “paint it as a group of bureaucrats trying to ration people’s healthcare,” while some Democrats “think it will take too many decisions away from Congress.” And “even aside from the political controversy, the design of the board could make it an unattractive job for some of the nation’s best-known health policy leaders. To avoid any conflicts of interest, they’d have to leave whatever job they’re doing now for up to six years — the length of a full term.”

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