To the Editor:
We should all thank U.S. Representative Steve King for his opposition to Obamacare and a little known provision contained in that bill creating the Independent Payment Advisory Board. This powerful board of unelected bureaucrats is charged with cutting Medicare costs, which will likely result in restricting access to healthcare for seniors, veterans and our military families. While cutting Medicare costs may seem like a step in the right direction, it is likely that the IPAB's recommendations will reduce Medicare reimbursement rates and actually prevent patients from receiving the care they need.
Iowa's reimbursement rates are already substantially lower than private plans and have caused some physicians to stop accepting new Medicare patients. Further lowering the reimbursement rate will only make this problem worse.
I commend Rep. King for his firm stance against an unelected panel of bureaucrats making healthcare decisions for the citizens of this country. If spending cuts need to be made, they should be made by our elected officials in the light of day, not by an unelected board who does not even have to have open meetings. In a bill that has now been shown to be the largest tax increase in American history, one has to wonder what other hidden dangers lie in its pages.