Former AMA President: Review board could cripple health care services for nearly 2 million Medicare customers

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The former president of the American Medical Association spoke to a crowd at a Hamilton County Senior Center about the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board.

The board was created as part of the health care overhaul bill passed in 2009, and is tasked to bring down Medicare spending.

Dr. Donald Palmisano said that the review board could cripple the health care services 2 million Medicare customers, due to lack of oversight.

"The IPAB's 15-member panel of unelected bureaucrats will have almost no oversight and the supreme power to cut billions from the Medicare program every year. There is a need to control health care costs, but IPAB is not the way to accomplish this goal," said Dr. Palmisano. "Making these reforms is a job for our elected lawmakers in Congress, who are accountable to voters and will therefore consider all options and impacts on patients when making their decisions."

Palmisano is currently the spokesperson of the Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights.

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