When Congress debated Obamacare, pro-life advocates and Republicans like Sarah Palin were castigated for claiming the government-run health care program would include death panels that would ration health care treatment.
Now, former presidential candidate Howard Dean has essentially admitted
they were right and is calling for the repeal of the Independent Payment
Advisory Board (IPAB). In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday he called the IPAB “essentially a health-care rationing body” that he believes will fail.
“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,” Dean wrote.
Dean, who is a healthcare industry representative as a senior adviser
at the law and lobbying firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, said his
experience as governor of Vermont turned him off to government control
of healthcare prices.
“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,” Dean wrote.