Eighth Democrat signs on to Obamacare Medicare board repeal legislation

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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Another House Democrat has signed onto legislation aimed at scrapping the board Obamacare sets up to control Medicare costs.

Virgin Islands non-voting Del. Donna Christian-Christensen became the eighth congressional Democrat to oppose President Obama on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) on Monday.

Other Democrats include Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania and Rep. Michael Capuano of Massachusetts. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, Tennessee Republican.

IPAB is a 15-member board, appointed by the president, slated to go into effect in 2014. It will recommend how much money Medicare recipients, including seniors, can get for health care. (AARP accuses IPAB opponents of trying to ’scare old people’)

Roe told The Daily Caller he’s “pleased” about the “growing bipartisan support to repeal the IPAB” because he thinks “it will lead to rationing of care by government bureaucrats.”

“By supporting this bill, Democrats and Republicans are saying with a unified voice that the idea of Washington control over patient health care decisions is unacceptable, and we must preserve Medicare by leaving the power to control health care decisions in patients hands,” Roe said in an email to TheDC.

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