What Obama’s Budget Proposal Means for Disease Prevention

February 14, 2012
by Betsy McKay
Wall Street Journal


Investments in disease prevention — a core principle of President Obama’s health-care overhaul legislation — would face a setback under his budget proposal for next year.

Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget would scale back the Prevention and Public Health Fund, established as part of the health law, by over $4 billion by fiscal 2022 — leaving that much less money for public-health prevention programs meant to thwart outbreaks or cut down on rates of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions that account for 75% of U.S. health-care costs.


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