Rep. Price Cites "Little Trust" Of IPAB — Which Is More Trusted Than Congress Or Private Insurance Companies

July 13, 2011 9:35 am ET

In yesterday's House Budget Committee hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) started his questioning of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by citing "little trust" among the public for the federal government. However, recent polling shows that the public would trust "an independent panel of full-time experts appointed by the president" — like IPAB — far more than Congress to make decisions about reducing Medicare spending. In fact, the poll also shows that the public trusts Congress about the same as it trusts profit-seeking private insurance companies. That's not too good for Rep. Price.

Price Condemns IPAB Because People Have "Little Trust" For The Government When It Comes To Health Care

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA):

Many of us, as you well know, and as a physician, have talked about the principles of health care being accessibility and affordability and quality, responsiveness of the system, innovation of the system and choices for patients, and many of us believe that the new law actually harms every single one of these principles. There is also little trust between patients and folks out there in the federal government as it relates to health care for a variety of reasons. Former Speaker Pelosi on this specific law said we've got to pass the law so we know what's in it. And this, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a denial of care opportunity for the federal government, is one of the things that we now know that's in it. And it ought to be no surprise that there is little trust out there.

People Trust Congress Much Less Than A Board Of Experts — And About The Same As Private Insurance Companies

Kaiser Poll: 50 Percent Of Americans Would Trust A Board Of Experts Either "A Great Deal" Or "A Fair Amount," While Just 34 Percent Would Trust Congress. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation:

[Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, June 2011]

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