House turns its back on prevention
We are disappointed that the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a measure yesterday to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund. On Friday, the full House will also vote on a measure to use the Fund as an offset for student loan hikes. In response, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) points out that "[eliminating] a program that will save us billions in reduced health spending in the long term is not a serious proposal." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) voiced strong opposition as well to any attempts at "shortchanging an important program that supports crucial efforts to prevent disease and protect against public health emergencies."
In the days and months ahead, the active engagement and involvement of prevention supporters will be more important than ever before. Legislators need to hear about what is at stake if the country turns its back on prevention.
The Prevention Fund brings prevention to all communities and ensures that every neighborhood fosters health, not disease. Without these meaningful investments in prevention, we will all be left behind. America's future depends on whether our children are ready in the classroom with a full belly and plenty of exercise. America's future depends on children today breathing air free of tobacco smoke or other toxins. Health is the foundation for a truly prosperous and sustainable future, and prevention ensures health.
We will keep you updated on the latest developments and opportunities to take action.
We extend our deepest thanks to the hundreds of you that have already taken action to support prevention—now is not the time to stop.