More Dems Sign On To GOP’s IPAB Repeal Bill

Since it cleared a key subcommittee last week, three new House Democrats have cosponsored GOP legislation to repeal President Obama’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel enacted in the health care reform law to scale back Medicare spending in the long run.

Reps. Mike Ross (D-AR) and Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) signed on Friday, and Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) inked his support Monday, according to the office of Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), the bill’s chief sponsor.

Republicans will continue to move the IPAB repeal bill this week, and it has enough votes to pass the House. Here’s the backstory on why Republicans want to eliminate the panel, and why Democrats are skittish about it.