August 10, 2011 12:31 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights (CPPR) is out with a new 30-second television ad attacking the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by the Affordable Care Act. The ad begins by taking a quote from then-Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) out of context and moves on to the worn-out lie that the health care law cuts billions from Medicare. CPPR continues with its distortions by falsely claiming that IPAB will deny care to seniors and be "like a Medicare IRS," when the truth is that the law prohibits IPAB from rationing care or increasing taxes. And far from IPAB being "unaccountable," Congress retains the authority to make final decisions on the board's recommendations. Rather than contributing to "more wasteful Washington spending," IPAB's ultimate goal is to reduce Medicare costs, saving the government money, while protecting the quality of care and benefits for seniors.