Berkley Suddenly Claims She Opposes Panel Of Bureaucrats to Ration Medicare After Voting for It Over and Over and Over again
(Las Vegas, NV) – If Congresswoman Berkley had reservations about creating a panel of fifteen Washington bureaucrats and handing them power to deny Medicare benefits for seniors, she certainly did nothing to stop it. That’s why it was news to Nevadans that today she claimed to be against the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), even after she voted for it over and over again.
Berkley’s Words: “Like Dean Heller, Shelley Berkley believes that Congress is better equipped to address patient care than an independent board.” – Shelley Berkley spokeswoman (Anjeanette Damon, “Attacks aside, Heller and Berkley actually agree philosophically on Medicare,” Las Vegas Sun, August 2, 2012)
(Editor’s Note: Dean Heller does not believe Congress is equipped to address patient care. He believes doctors are.)
Berkley’s Action: Shelley Berkley sat in the Majority Party on the very committee that wrote the health care bill. And still, she did nothing to stop or change it. She offered no amendments, no objections, nothing. If she didn’t like the Independent Payment Advisory Board, she did nothing to keep it from becoming the law of the land.
Berkley’s Action: Shelley Berkley voted for final for passage of ObamaCare, which created the panel in the first place. (House Vote 165 – HR 3590, HR3590, March 21, 2010)
Berkley’s Action: Shelley Berkley doubled-down on her support for IPAB and voted against repealing ObamaCare. (House Vote 14 – HR 2, HR2, January 19, 2011)
Berkley’s Action: Shelley Berkley had the opportunity to leave the health care law mostly intact, and vote specifically to repeal IPAB. Still, she voted to the party-line, and voted to keep the panel in place. (House Vote – HR 5 Roll Call Vote 126, March 22, 2012)