ACA Repeal Threatens Public Health Funds

If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, public health funding stands to lose as well—including up to 12% of the CDC’s budget to fight outbreaks, vaccination programs, anti-smoking and anti-obesity campaigns, and more.
 
Nested within the ACA, the Prevention and Public Health Fund has an annual appropriation beginning at $500 million in 2010 and was aimed to boost funding for public health, which faces chronic funding challenges.  
 
“When public health works, it’s often invisible. When we have mosquito-control programs that prevent Zika from spreading, it’s a non-story. When we aren’t poisoned by our food, it’s a non-story. It’s also more difficult to talk about the benefits of public health: They tend to be long term, slow to show up, and affect entire populations instead of individuals, write Julia Belluz and Sarah Frostenson.
 
Source: Vox

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