Bill Nixing Health Law's Medicare Board Advances

Law360, New York (March 20, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT) -- The Rules Committee of the U.S. House on Tuesday advanced a bill that would eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a key facet of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, although a section establishing medical malpractice caps could eventually doom the bill.

The repeal bill passed in a voice vote after nearly two hours of debate split largely along party lines. The board, known as IPAB, is charged with recommending to Congress ways to check Medicare spending growth. Republican leaders have claimed the board's recommendations...
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