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.