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House Subcommittee Passes Bill To Defund ACA

07/20/12

  11:38:30 am, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House Subcommittee Passes Bill To Defund ACA

Republicans in the House of Representatives are certainly not letting any moss grow beneath their feet these days. Just one week after the full legislature passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a House Appropriations subcommittee voted 8-6 to approve a spending bill that would defund the law.

According to POLITICO, the Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill would cut $1.3 billion in funding for HHS. It would also eliminate the 20-year-old Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, a move that upset Democratic committee members, all of whom voted against the bill.

AHRQ is “the only federal agency whose sole mission is to improve the quality, safety and cost efficiency of health care,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Ca.) She called it “our best weapon” to advance health research.

In response to the criticism, subcommittee Chairman Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) told POLITICO, “It all boils down to, we have more government right now than we can afford. We were given an allocation of $150 billion. We did everything we possibly could to meet as many of the needs as we could,”

One lone Republican, Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona, joined Democrats in opposing the bill, saying it did not go far enough in reducing the federal deficit.

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