Despite what Fox News is telling you, no, Howard Dean does not back up what Sarah Palin said about “death panels” and the Affordable Care Act.
Rather, Dean praises many aspects of the law, and for the areas where he offers critique, he offers solutions.
He said, “The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.”
HOWEVER, he went on to say, “There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting—the essential mechanism of the IPAB—has a 40-year track record of failure. What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs) is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients. Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical system simply becomes more bureaucratic.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has indicated that the IPAB, in its current form, won’t save a single dime before 2021. As everyone in Washington knows, but less frequently admits, CBO projections of any kind—past five years or so—are really just speculation. I believe the IPAB will never control costs based on the long record of previous attempts in many of the states, including my own state of Vermont.”
Dean believes it leaves the opportunity for rationing, but he doesn’t think it would ever happen. He basically just wants to limit the bureaucracy.
I totally agree, and instead of babbling on incoherently like Sarah Palin, Dean offers a solution — get rid of the IPAB. Not the Affordable Care Act altogether.
You don’t throw out a whole basket of bread because one piece is moldy, you get rid of the bad and keep the good.
Nice try though, Fox News. You almost had me on this one.