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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

A Week of Facts on Obamacare

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Bureaucrats Controlling Your Access to Care
Help Us Stop the Latest Obamacare Overreach

In advance of the two-year anniversary of passage of Obamacare, the U.S. Chamber is
taking a look back at the implications of the health care law on consumers and 
businesses, as well as a look forward on what can be done to stop the most harmful
provisions. We know what was promised, now it’s time to look at the facts.

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on repeal of one of the
most disturbing provisions of the law: the creation of the “Independent Payment
Advisory Board.”

The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is an unelected board of appointees that
has the authority to cut Medicare reimbursement rates unilaterally, if the growth rate of
spending exceeds the target rate.

Click here to take action.

Click here today to urge your members of Congress to support H.R. 5, the “Help
Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011,” which would
 repeal the formation of the IPAB.

Because of the way in which the board is designed, any recommended spending reductions
will almost certainly come in the form of payment cuts to Medicare providers.  This will affect
patient access to care and innovative therapies.   In the past five years for which data is
available, the number of physicians unable to accept new Medicare patients because of low
reimbursement rates has more than doubled.  Current reimbursement rates have already led
17 percent of all doctors, including 31 percent of primary care physicians, to restrict the
number of Medicare patients in their practices.  The IPAB will only exacerbate this problem.

The law also end-runs the traditional powers given to the duly elected members of Congress
by stating that, if Congress does not implement spending cuts equal to the amount
recommended by the IPAB, the IPAB’s recommendations automatically become law.

A vote on H.R. 5 will be held as soon as this Wednesday.

Send a message to Congress today encouraging their support for repeal of the
IPAB commission.

The more we find out about the onerous measures contained in this law, the more we’re
alarmed at the impact it will have on American employers, workers, and families.

Take action today.


Rob Engstrom
Senior Vice President and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


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