“Medicare benefits could be ‘rationed’ and seniors denied treatment by the new health care law.” (FL US Senate)

Claim:  “Medicare benefits could be ‘rationed’ and seniors denied treatment by the new health care law.”

Ad(s):  Where (IPAB)

Sponsor(s):  American Crossroads

Air Dates: 9/25-present

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:  $192,180

Race:     Florida U.S. Senate

Markets: Ft. Meyers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach

Stations:  WBBH, WFTX, WINK, WZVN, WAWS, WJXT, WTEV, WTLV, WFOR, WPLG, WSVN, WTVJ, WESH, WFTV, WKMG, WOFL, WFLA, WFTS, WTTA, WTVT, WWSB, WFLX, WPBF, WPEC, WPTV

FactCheck.org Summary:  But the law doesn’t establish any kind of board that would make decisions on what care seniors get as they’re waiting in hospital beds, or anywhere else. The board, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, cannot, by law, “ration” care or determine which treatments Medicare covers. In fact, the IPAB is limited in what it can do to curb the growth of Medicare spending. It can’t restrict benefits or eligibility, increase premiums or taxes, or “ration” health care, according to the Affordable Care Act.

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