House Wants Bite Out Of Health Law

Posted: April 14, 2011

House Republicans continued their multipronged attack on the health-care law enacted last year with

a vote Wednesday to eliminate a section in the law providing $15 billion over the next decade for preventive health care such as fighting obesity and reducing smoking.

The sponsor of the repeal legislation, Rep. Joe Pitts (R., Pa.), said that while some of the spending might be laudable, "we have created a slush fund that the secretary [of Health and Human Services] can spend from without any congressional oversight or approval."

Democrats rejected that characterization, saying the House and Senate Appropriations Committees also had the authority to allocate money under the fund.

The vote, almost entirely along party lines, was 236-183. All 14 area representatives voted along party lines.

As with other GOP attempts to overturn

or weaken the law, chances of making headway are slim as long as Democrats control the Senate and a Democrat resides in the White House.

- Associated Press

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