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No Rx for Medicare
Los Angeles Times

Two years after Congress enacted a sweeping healthcare reform measure, lawmakers are still battling over how to rein in the rising cost of medical care. On Thursday, the House voted to eliminate one of the main cost controls in the 2010 law: the Independent Payments Advisory Board, whose purpose is to keep a lid on the growth of Medicare’s budget. The board may be a blunt instrument, but it’s not the threat that its detractors claim.

The advisory board is something of a fallback plan in case the slew of other cost-control measures in the healthcare reform law don’t pan out.