This program achieved such wide support when under consideration that I think it's unrealistic to assume that a large portion of Congress will suddenly reverse themselves, waffling on this issue, when there is no shortage of wildly unpopular programs which passed only by the narrowest of margins that could be cut instead.
IBR just isn't even on anyone's radar: if you peruse the suggestions for trimming government expenditures offered up by the usual conservative groups (e.g., Heritage Foundation), federal educational lending in general, and the IBR program specifically, aren't even part of the debate.
Outside of this forum, I've never heard anyone suggest that this program is politically vulnerable: not conservative politicians, not representatives of lending institutions, not financial aid administrators, and certainly not the general public. Hell, a great many of the prospective law students on this board, who are contemplating taking on a six-figure debt in an uncertain job market aren't even aware of this program.
edit: meant to respond to interestedbystander's post above, should have quoted to be clear.
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