Senator fights to keep an ounce of prevention free from pounds of budget cuts

December 15, 2011
by Jessica Zigmond
Modern Healthcare


Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, had some harsh words this week for House Republicans, who have included cuts to a prevention fund he championed as a way to pay for an extension of current Medicare's physician reimbursement rates.

“They don't believe in prevention; they don't believe in public health; they believe just go ahead and get sick and then somehow magically somebody is going to take care of you,” he told reporters Tuesday when asked about the proposed cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

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