Wednesday, April 13, 2011

U.S. House Votes to Kill Preventive Health Fund. "It's a Slush Fund".

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Washington (AP) - House Republicans are continuing their attack on the health care law enacted last year by voting to eliminate a section in the law providing $15 billion over the next decade on preventive health care issues such as fighting obesity, reducing smoking and promoting better nutrition.

Republicans say the Prevention and Public Health Fund is a "slush fund" for the health and human services secretary that is not subject to congressional oversight.
The Democratic-controlled Senate is unlikely to go along with the House. And the White House issued a veto threat, saying the bill would block preventive activities such as reducing chronic disease and promoting physical activity.

House Republicans have made repealing the health care law, either by killing the entire act or defunding it section by section, a top priority.