Dems, GOP play Ebola politics

October 11, 2014
by Rebecca Shabad
The Hill

Experts who track public health spending say slashing the public health budget began long before the sequester, however.

“What we’ve seen over a longer period of time is significantly reduced funding for public health preparedness and response. That goes across administrations and crosses party lines,” said Richard Hamburg, deputy director at Trust for America’s Health.

“I think we have to blame ourselves. The problem is when you have more limited resources and you have competing priorities, you tend to fund what you perceive as a more immediate threat,” he said. “I think the important thing is not to play a blame game.”

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