by Michael Cannon, CATO Institute
ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board is everything its critics say and worse. It is a democracy-skirting, Congress-blocking, powers-unseparating, law-entrenching, tax-hiking, fund-appropriating, price-controlling, health-care-rationing, death-paneling, technocrat-thrilling, authoritarian, anti-constitutional super-legislature. Its very existence is testament to government incompetence. It stands as a milestone on the road to serfdom.
[I]f President Obama fails to appoint any IPAB members, all these powers fall to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
That’s an awful lot of power to give any one person, particularly someone who has shown as much willingness to abuse her power as Sebelius has.
I would also like the Congressional Research Service to address a feature of IPAB that Cohen and I first exposed. According to the statute, we write:Details