Members of Congress to Supremes: Strike ‘Death Panel’ from Obamacare

Dozens of members of Congress on Thursday joined in a court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a challenge to Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, the assembly of appointed individuals described by some critics as a “death panel” for its power to impose its will on doctors, hospitals and patients.

The friend-of-the-court brief was filed in support of a case brought against Obamacare by the Goldwater Institute.

The petition focuses on the requirement to buy insurance and the authority that will be vested in IPAB, which was set up to be unanswerable to Congress and unaccountable to the federal courts.

The Obamacare component was described as a way to control Medicare costs, with the authority to approve or disapprove payments for services and set the level of payment.

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