Final Committee OKs Nixing Health Law's Medicare Board

Law360, New York (March 8, 2012, 2:52 PM EST) -- The U.S. House moved another step closer to eliminating the Independent Payment Advisory Board on Thursday, with the Ways and Means Committee voting in favor of repealing provisions creating the board, a key facet of President Obama's health care reform law.

The repeal bill passed in a voice vote after about an hour of debate split largely along party lines. The board, known as IPAB, is charged with recommending to Congress ways to check Medicare spending growth.

Republicans, led by committee chair Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich.,...
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