• Rep. Ryan and the IPAB

    Don Taylor pulls from the history books on Rep. Ryan and IPAB-like entities. Will Rep. Ryan stand by his previous endorsement of one?

    On May 20, 2009, Rep. Ryan (along with co-sponors Nunes in the House and Coburn and Burr in the Senate) introduced the Patients’ Choice Act. It contained two boards that would apply cost effectiveness research and the like in an effort to improve quality and reduce spending (Title VIII of the PCA). Thus, Rep. Ryan proposed a more robust version of the IPAB, about a month before the first House Committee reported out HR 3200.

    This is just one of many examples of Republicans vehemently opposing ideas in the ACA that they once supported, and in this case, even proposed.

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    • No. Ryan will not admit that he proposed such a thing and he will not support it now. I hate to be so pessimistic, but I think the politics of supporting anything like this will keep him from supporting it.

      Steve