Shane Savitsky Mar 10, 2017
Obamacare replacement would hammer CDC budget
The AP reports that the GOP's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would also cut away another key provision of the law: $1 billion granted each year to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund public health programs.
- Removing the fund would cut 12% of the CDC's core budget.
- The money is used to fund vaccination programs, upgrade state labs that monitor infectious diseases, and support public health campaigns — plus, it provides all of the funds for the CDC's lead poisoning prevention program.
- "The elimination of the fund would be devastating to state and local health departments," said the chief of government affairs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
- Republicans say tough luck: Rep. Andy Harris blamed local public health officials for "not lobbying their legislatures adequately" for the funding they need.