Led by its Republican majority, the U.S. House voted Thursday to eliminate from the 2010 health care reform law a proposed advisory board that would recommend how to achieve needed, but as-yet-unreachable Medicare savings.
The repeal measure passed 223-181 on a mostly party-line vote, reflecting the deep partisan divide over health care reform that persists two years after Democrats pushed the measure through Congress. Seven Democrats joined 216 Republicans in support of the repeal, while 10 Republicans voted “no.”
While the move to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board is expected to eventually fall short in the Senate, it gives opponents of health care reform a rallying point for their continued efforts to undermine the 2010 law.
Some of the rhetoric around the issue in recent days was similar to the fiery debate of two years ago over the advisory board, which opponents then called a “death panel.” Opponents said the board would ration medical coverage for senior citizens based on cost and effectiveness, something more appropriately addressed, they said, between individual doctors and patients.