Blackburn Votes To Defund ObamaCare

Getting A Bad Law Off The Books Too Important To Gamble On The CR

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Washington, Mar 31, 2011 | Claude Chafin (202-225-1112) | comments
Congressman Marsha Blackburn joined her colleagues on the Health Subcommittee in taking concrete action to permanently strip funding and programs from ObamaCare. The measures, which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee today, are concrete and durable steps to repeal and defund ObamaCare.
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Congressman Marsha Blackburn joined her colleagues on the Health Subcommittee in taking concrete action to permanently strip funding and programs from ObamaCare. The measures, which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee today, are concrete and durable steps to repeal and defund ObamaCare.

“ObamaCare will devastate Americans’ health care system while it empties America’s treasury. We can’t put all our hopes to repeal and replace this law on the Senate’s negotiations. Nor can we properly eliminate a mandatory program through a process dedicated to discretionary spending. I believe Congress has a duty to erase this unaccountable spending from the law once and for all, and repealing these programs is the way to do it. I am encouraged by the real and thoughtful work the Committee has done over the last several months to take concrete steps toward the permanent repeal and replacement of ObamaCare.”

Legislation passed by the Health Subcommittee replaces direct mandatory spending in ObamaCare, funds that cannot be properly repealed by the Continuing Resolution which is dedicated to discretionary spending.

Section 1311(a) of PPACA provides the Secretary of Health and Human Services an unlimited amount of funds for state-based exchange grants. H.R. 1213, authored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), strikes the unlimited direct appropriation and rescinds any unobligated funds. The bill passed through the subcommittee by a vote of 14 to 11.

Section 4002 of PPACA, creates a $17.75 billion (FY2012-2021) prevention and public health fund and provides the Secretary with full authority to administer these funds. H.R. 1217, authored by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), repeals Section 4002 and rescinds any unobligated funds. The bill passed through the subcommittee by a vote of 14 to 11.

Section 4101(a) of PPACA, authorizes the Secretary to award grants to support the construction of school-based health centers. However, it prohibits using the funds for personnel or to provide health services. In addition, the president’s budget did not request funds for a grant program to provide health care services. H.R. 1214, authored by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), eliminates this subsection and rescinds any unobligated funds. The bill passed through the subcommittee by a vote of 14 to 11.

Section 2953 of PPACA establishes grants for personal responsibility education programs and provides $75 million for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. H.R. 1215, authored by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), converts the appropriation into an authorization that would require Congress to determine funding through the normal annual appropriations process. The bill would also rescind any unobligated funds. The bill passed through the subcommittee by a vote of 15 to 11.

Section 5508 of PPACA authorizes the Secretary to award teaching health centers development grants and appropriates $230 million for 2011 through 2015. H.R. 1216, authored by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), would convert the mandatory appropriations into an authorization subject to the annual appropriations process. The bill passed through the subcommittee by a vote of 14 to 11.
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