Judging from some of the commentary (even by lawmakers) explicitly or implicitly about the IPAB, perhaps it is still unclear what it can and cannot do. Fortunately, the information is not hard to find. It isn’t even necessary to read the law, though that would be one source. Another is the Kaiser Family Foundation’s paper on the IPAB. It says,
IPAB is prohibited from including any recommendation that would: (1) ration health care; (2) raise revenues or increase Medicare beneficiary premiums or cost sharing; or (3) otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria.
Is it still unclear? The IPAB cannot ration. The IPAB cannot ration. The IPAB cannot ration. Get it?