House Budget Slashes Public Health, Nutrition Assistance to the Poor

The House of Representatives seems hellbent on destroying (or if that fails, undercutting) the nation’s public health efforts, cutting whatever they can whenever they can.

From today’s Public Health Newswire:

House passes bill that cuts health programs while sparing defense
On Wednesday, the American Public Health Association sent a letter to House members that urged lawmakers to vote against the bill, which includes provisions to repeal the healthcare reform law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund; reduce funding for both Medicaid and CHIP; and cut about $36 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which the association said would eliminate benefits to about 2 million Americans.

Cutting food aid to the poor at a time when more have need for it is quite a statement of principles on the part of the House Republican majority.