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Congress would oversee panel for Obamacare

October 31, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

Re: "Obamacare vote makes Owens not viable," by Jim Kelly, letters, Oct. 29:

Many people, mostly Republicans, continually quote, incorrectly, the "Death Panel" feature in Obamacare. In fact, the panel is the "Independent Payment Advisory Board." Yes, these unelected people will be reviewing what Obamacare covers and what it pays for. BUT the panel then ONLY makes recommendation to CONGRESS, which then has to act upon the recommendation. Then the president can agree with the change or veto it, just like any other law. With the House officially working only three days a week, according to their official calender, and with their recent record of passing just about no meanful legislation (including the Farm Bill), I would doubt they will have any time to pass a law on how many knee surgeries Obamacare will cover.

John Lafferty




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