Wonkbook: Less than two weeks for the ‘supercommittee’
November 11, 2011
by Ezra Klein
Supercommittee Dems offered to cut health care reform's preventative care fund, reports Julian Pecquet: "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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