House Defunds Prevention and Public Health Fund

Th House voted 236-183 on H.R. 1217, which defunds a slush fund of the HHS Secretary, the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Fund is a part of the Obamacare bill, and its broad language allowed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to disburse large amounts of taxpayer money to NGOs and private groups to study and practice preventive health care with little oversight. The CBO estimates that the measure will save taxpayers $6 billion from 2012-2016, and an additional $10 billion from 2017-2021.

Four Democrats joined the Republican majority in its passage: Altmire (PA-4), Boren (OK-2), McIntyre (NC-7), and Peterson (MN-7).

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