Instead of raiding funds, it’s time to fund Public Health.

Public Health. Maybe after our experience in 2020 we can all agree now that it is important.

In the past, it has not gotten the support it should: funding for public health departments’ work has been slashed over the years at the federal, state, and local level.

We’ve been very shortsighted, or at least, some of us have. Public health is a smart investment and not an expensive one.

The Affordable Care Act created the Federal Prevention and Public Health Fund – a major step in the right direction – originally funding was set by Congress at $1.5 Billion/year.

Put this in perspective: the Pentagon Budget that passed this July was $740 Billion/year (and yes Representative DeLauro voted in favor of that

The Public Health Fund was created in 2010 and already by 2012 the fund was being raided for cash. The funding was cut by 33% with bipartisan zeal, to pay for other “priorities.”

This measure that raided the Public Health Fund was passed by the House and Senate despite the strenuous objections of Tom Harkin of Iowa, then chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and foremost champion of the Public Health Fund in Congress, who called the cut “outrageous and unacceptable.”

Seantor Harkin was so angry he said ““I haven’t spoken to Barack Obama since.”

But it still got a yea vote from Rosa DeLauro.

This article is long, but worth reading – Public Health needs our attention, it’s been getting short shrift for too long.

It’s time Congress started taking it seriously.

See original article.

End US Sanctions on Cuba: 60 years of Harm
In this month's Q&A, we discuss the history of Cuba with guest speaker Henry Lowendorf of the Greater New Haven Peace Council.  Knowing this history is fundamental to understanding current events in Cuba, including the recent July 11th protests, and the fact that the United Nations has passed a resolution...
Read more
Less Money, More Coverage.
With Medicare for All we can save $450 Billion Dollars a year, and 70,000 lives a year.
Read more
justin4all: Waiting for a (Yard) Sign
Paglino for Congress yard signs are going up around all the district.
Read more