Thursday, March 8, 2012

IPAB in Trouble, Tax Plans and Medicare Cuts, Utah GOP Attacks Medicare

House Votes to End IPAB (as we know it)

"The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation that would repeal implementation of an advisory board created to recommend cuts to Medicare, the U.S. health program for the elderly and disabled.  Under the 2010 health-care overhaul, the Independent Payment Advisory Board could draft reductions to Medicare payments for doctors, hospitals and other providers without congressional approval.  The board would have 15 members selected by the president and confirmed by the Senate; none have been named to the panel. "

GOP Candidates Would Tax the 99% and Reduce Medicare

"All four of the candidates left vying for the GOP nomination -- Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum -- have tax plans that would slash taxes below their current modern lows.  These tax cuts would cost the federal government trillions of dollars in revenue over the next decade, forcing deep and severe cuts to government services and likely undermining Social Security and Medicare."

"Each of these plans would have significant consequences, both by reducing tax rates and cutting the resources available to programs and services like Social Security, Medicare, environmental protection, and public health and safety."

Utah Dems Support Medicare

"Utah Democrats delivered a message Tuesday about the many 'message bills' that Republican legislators are running this election year to attack the federal government and the Obama administration.  'Enough is enough,' House Minority Leader David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City, said in a news conference.  House Democratic Assistant Whip Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, complained that message bills take 'time and the energy and the resources of the state Legislature … and divert them away from productive activity and into an attack on the federal government and an attack on the Obama administration.'"


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