GOP targets new cost-cut board in Obama health law

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are revamping their strategy against President Barack Obama's health care law: If they can't repeal the whole thing, they'll try to pick off pieces. And they're starting with a new and unfamiliar bureaucracy.

The House is scheduled to vote Thursday to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a yet-to-be-appointed body that's supposed to keep Medicare costs from ballooning.

Republicans have branded it a care-rationing panel; the White House defends it as a check on runaway spending.

Repeal is expected to easily pass the House but then die in the Senate.

Republicans see the House vote as setting up a political issue to turn against Democrats in the competition for seniors' votes in November.

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