Report: Public Health Programs Underfunded, Under Attack

CHICAGO (CBS) — Public health programs are underfunded, and others are under political attack according to a report from the American Public Health Association.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, the full report is expected to be released later Friday. It will reveal that only 10 of the 18 programs in the Affordable Care Act have received funding thus far and that many training grants and loan forgiveness programs have not been funded.

In addition, the Prevention and Public Health Fund could be eliminated by Congress.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

Some doctors believe opportunities will be missed without investments in those who oversee immunizations, restaurant inspections and smoking cessation programs.

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  • Thomas W. Loker

    Great Article,
    One of the biggest underlying problems affecting the funding for public programs in general, and healt programs in particular, is the inordinate amout of subsidy that has been provided to these programs as the courty began to print more money after the elimination of the gold standard in 1971.

    If you look at the pace of currency growth prior to 1971 and compare it to the growth after you can see clearly that our current 16 Trillion dollar economy is more likely a 5 to 6 Trillion dollar economy. The bulk of the excess new currency disproportionatly went into subsidies of entitlements (federal and state) and subsidised – both direct and indirect – housing.

    This is what we live with today. It is one of the many important reasons that health care costs so much and housing is overvalued. I have recently written a book on the subject and have a blog here at

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