Hoyer Statement on GOP Bill to Defund Prevention and Public Health Programs

For Immediate Release:

April 13, 2011

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Republicans voted to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund:

“Tomorrow, Republicans will mark their 100th day in the House majority, and it is now clear that they will have failed to consider even a single piece of legislation to create jobs. Today, underscoring that inaction, instead of trying to help put Americans back to work, they voted to repeal an important program to help Americans stay healthy, and help our country save money.

“Democrats created the Prevention and Public Health Fund to improve our efforts to fight chronic diseases and promote prevention and wellness. Chronic disease accounts for 75% percent of our health care spending and seven out of ten Americans’ deaths each year. Rather than paying to treat those diseases after they’ve set in, we can save money by working to prevent them—and more importantly, we can save lives. In fact, prevention can pay for itself: a Trust for America’s Health report tells us that investing just $10 per person per year in prevention programs can, within five years, save our country more than $16 billion annually.

“Those are the programs Republicans voted to repeal today. And that is the legislative business Republicans consider more important than working to create jobs.”

Click here to see how the Prevention and Public Health Fund is already being used in your state.

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