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Presidentís deficit reduction plan includes cuts to Prevention and Public Health Fund

September 19, 2011
Public Health Newswire

President Barack Obama today outlined his long-term plans to reduce the federal deficit by an additional $3 trillion over 10 years that include new tax revenues and reductions in spending, including a proposed $3.5 billion cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

“Today’s proposed cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund could put the nation’s health at risk,” saidGeorges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association and Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College. “This fund is a critical investment as part of the Affordable Care Act, and APHA is deeply disappointed in today’s proposal to backtrack on this commitment.”

 

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