As a physician, I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to let the president’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) stand as it was passed. I believe that more reforms will be needed to achieve the health care system that Americans deserve and desire.
The most damaging aspect of the ACA is undoubtedly the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB will be a group of 15 unelected bureaucrats with the power to make drastic cuts to Medicare that may disregard the proven treatment options that doctors rely on. IPAB’s “recommendations” may force doctors to make care decisions solely based on cost and may force them to limit the number of Medicare patients they treat all together.
Prescribing the best treatments is our job, not a task for an unaccountable agency in Washington. Lawmakers should work to remove IPAB authority as soon as possible.
Dr. James Justice