Supercommittee Dems' proposed cuts to health law fund draw fire

November 10, 2011
by Julian Pecquet
The Hill


Public health advocates immediately pushed back Thursday after a Democratic proposal to slash the healthcare law's Prevention and Public Health Fund became public.

Supercommittee Democrats have proposed cutting the trust fund by $8 billion, more than half the $15 billion set aside for the fund in its first 10 years. Republicans call the program a "slush fund" because it gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services broad latitude to grant awards.

The Trust for America's Health announced Thursday after the proposed cuts were made public that it has so far collected signatures from 704 public health groups on a letter defending the fund. 

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