Republicans had an easy time getting H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act bill, through a House Energy & Commerce Committee health subcommittee markup Wednesday.
Subcommittee members voted 17-5 to approve the Medicare payment bill.
All Republicans on the subcommittee voted for the bill.
Only 5 of the 11 Democrats on the subcommittee voted against the bill.
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., and Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., crossed party lines to side with the Republicans and vote for the bill.
If passed and implemented as written, the bill would eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member body created by sections 3403 and 10320 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).
IPAB members must be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. But PPACA drafters tried to give IPAB enough independence to make unpopular decisions about Medicare reimbursement rate cuts by allowing the body to make reimbursement rate decisions free from judicial review.