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Concerned Citizens Discuss Healthcare Death Panels

goldwater institute 2Sedona AZ (January 17, 2015)The Concerned Citizens for America organization welcomes Goldwater Institute Senior Attorney and lead Health Care Litigator, Christina Sandefur, to Sedona on February 5, 2015.

Ms. Sandefur will discuss the recently filed Goldwater Institute petition asking the United States Supreme Court to hear its challenge to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (the “IPAB”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). Ms. Sandefur is working to strike down the IPAB.

She will also elaborate on the Arizona Supreme Court’s recent ruling that state lawmakers have the legal standing to challenge a hospital provider tax utilized to fund Arizona’s medicaid eligibility expansion. Goldwater’s Sandefur is leading the charge to require two thirds of he legislature to approve the tax, per Arizona’s Constitution.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell was sworn in as the 22nd Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) on June 9, 2014

Sylvia Mathews Burwell was sworn in as the 22nd Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) on June 9, 2014.

One of the most controversial provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the establishment of an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). While some applaud the new advisory board as a mechanism for controlling health care costs outside the influence of political processes and pressures, others have criticized the scope of its authority and the lack of flexibility in its mandate. Because of these serious concerns, the American Medical Association opposes the IPAB and supports its repeal.

IPAB (also referred to as a Death Panel) can impose taxes, appropriate funds, and ration care with virtually no oversight from Congress, the president, the courts, or voters.

The Health and Human Services Secretary is authorized to wield IPAB’s sweeping powers unilaterally. According to Michael Cannon, Forbes healthcare blogger, “IPAB has an annual budget of more than $15 million, which grows automatically each year. It can hold nationwide hearings on how it (and Congress) should reform health care. It can “secure directly from any department or agency of the United States information necessary” to carry out its duties. IPAB effectively has the power to regulate private health spending as well.”

An audience Q. and A. will follow the Sandefur presentation.

This free community event will take place at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Please bring household items, shoes, jewelry, or books which will be donated to help support the Verde Valley Sanctuary. This event is listed on the SedonaEye.com Calendar of Events. All voters and interested parties are encouraged and welcome to attend.

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  2. Dirk Sedona says:

    Is this different than the insurance industry executives who decided how much care to provide customers before their annual or lifetime cost of care limits were reached? Or is this a different, less acceptable death panel?

  3. James Scally says:

    Appreciate this.

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