Lawmakers urge high court to hear PPACA 'death panel' challenge

Twenty-five Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Tom Coburn, MD (R-Okla.) and Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R-Tenn.), are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a case challenging the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a medical board created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to cut Medicare spending, according to a report from The Hill.

The case, Coons v. Lew, was previously dismissed by an appeals court and argues the advisory board, which Republicans have labeled "a death panel," violates separation of powers. "As a physician with more than 30 years of experience, I find the ability of the

Board to intervene in the relationship doctors have with their patients alarming," said Rep. Roe at a press conference, according to the report.

Along with pursuing this lawsuit, Rep. Roe's legislation to repeal the advisory board has already passed the House, and he is "very confident" the bills "will make it to the president's desk," according to the report.

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