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Health Care Law Prevention Fund Ignites Partisan Battle on Capitol Hill

May 4, 2012
by Jane Norman
Congressional Quarterly

 

House Republicans so detest the health care law’s prevention fund that they recently moved to kill it twice in two days, voting in one measure to use the money to maintain a reduced interest rate for student loans.

It was one more sign of the way a fund designed for the seemingly benign purpose of keeping Americans from getting sick has become one of the most hotly debated pieces of the health care law. Senators could try to tap all or part of the fund when they take up the student loan bill this week. In the meantime, localities across the nation have received millions of federal dollars from the fund for everything from quit-smoking phone lines to children’s immunizations.