House Rescinds Unobligated Funds for Health Care Education

By a vote of 234-185, the House passed H.R. 1216 to amend the Public Health Service Act to convert funding for graduate medical education in qualified teaching health centers from direct appropriations to an authorization of appropriations.

This measure rescinds a portion of the Obamacare bill that authorizes the expenditure of $230 million over the 2011-2015 period, and places it on a pay as you go procedure. The CBO estimates that the Dept. of Health and Human Services will only spend $140 million over the 2012-2015 period, not counting the $40 million already obligated. While the measure does not reduce the total amount anticipated to be spent over the next ten years, it removes future expenditures from the FY2011 budget.

Three Democrats, Boren (OK-2), McIntyre (NC-7), and Rangel NY-15) voted with the Republican majority, and four Republicans Barletta (PA-11), Hanna (NY-24), King (IA-5), Meehan (PA-7) voted with the Democrats in opposition to the measure.

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