By Sam Baker - 06/30/11 04:09 PM EDT
An amendment from Sen. Chuck Grassley would sunset the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board — a cost-cutting panel that has emerged as the focal point of Republican attacks on the new healthcare law.
Other GOP amendments to the trade deal would address accountable care organizations, Medicare Advantage, home health care, Medicare and general implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
A spokesman for the committee's Republicans was not immediately available to comment on the process for offering and debating amendments to the trade agreement. The Finance Committee has scheduled a "mock markup" for 3 p.m.