- Apr 12, 2008
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Bipartisan legislation to repeal the healthcare law's cost-control board sailed through a House panel on Wednesday, raising pressure on the Senate to take up the bill and dealing President Obama a political blow.
The Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee vote was 17-5, with ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) crossing the aisle to vote for repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. There were no amendments.
Panel Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) opened the repeal markup by arguing that the 15-member board, which Republicans label a "rationing board" - repeal bill sponsor Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) has even called it "the real death panel"