Twenty-five Republicans are asking the Supreme Court to take up another case against ObamaCare, this time challenging a controversial medical board that the party has labeled “a death panel.”
Members led by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) are urging the high court to reconsider a lawsuit against the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is charged with cutting Medicare spending if it exceeds a certain level.
“As a physician with more than 30 years of experience, I find the ability of this board to intervene in the relationship doctors have with their patients alarming,” Roe said at a press conference Thursday. “I have serious concerns that this unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy could have a devastating impact on seniors’ access to care, and I hope the court will hear this case.”
The case, Coons v. Lew, argues that the advisory board oversteps the bounds of separation of powers. The lawsuit was previously dismissed by an appeals court.
“I believe we need to use every means at our disposal to save Americans from the negative impacts of IPAB,” Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Col.) said at the briefing.
Roe, whose bills to repeal the board have already passed the House, said he also hopes to revive the battle in Congress as well as the Supreme Court.