The Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015 would repeal the sections of the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) that established the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. The IPAB is a board of 15 members who can reduce Medicare spending if spending grows too fast. The bill has received support from 215 Republican and 20 Democratic cosponsors. Its sponsor, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN1) issued a press release on June 16. The bill passed the House with a vote of 244–154 on party lines. No Republicans voted in opposition.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 23, 2015.
Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2015
(Sec. 2) Repeals sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (and restores provisions of law amended by those sections) related to the establishment of an Independent Payment Advisory Board to develop proposals to reduce the per capita rate of growth in spending under title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act.
(Sec. 3) Rescinds specified appropriations to the Prevention and Public Health Fund for FY2017-FY2026 and each fiscal year thereafter.