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Medicare Analysis To Be Released Today Could Trigger Obamacare’s Mandate To Cut Spending

Experts have warned that the report expected to be released today on the finances of Medicare could launch a process under the health law to make cuts. A panel expected to do that, called the Independent Payment Advisory Board, has not been named, however.

Stat: Board That Inspired 'Death Panel' May Have To Be Convened By Trump
Remember “death panels”? They may be back. As soon as Thursday, Trump administration officials may have to launch the process that inspired that phrase — and that is aimed at making cuts to Medicare. ...The panel, known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, has never had to meet or make a decision about spending. But Medicare experts have warned that this year’s data, which is widely expected to be released as soon as Thursday, might trigger the panel — setting off a new political firestorm in the midst of congressional Republicans’ efforts to overhaul the rest of the health care system. (Mershon, 7/12)

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