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Congress keeps undoing its own efforts to control health care costs

A bipartisan budget deal would repeal part of the Affordable Care Act. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Everybody wants to control health care costs — until it’s time to actually control health care costs.

Driving the news: The bipartisan budget deal unveiled yesterday in the Senate would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board. It’s merely the most recent time Congress has voted, with bipartisan support, to chip away at programs that aimed to slow the growth in health care spending, or at least help balance the federal checkbook.