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Senate Votes in Favor of Prevention

Yesterday, the US Senate voted in favor of preventative health care, striking down a proposal to strip funding to the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Introduced by Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns, the proposal would have eliminated $11 billion toward the promotion of physical activity, tobacco cessation, vaccine programs, and cancer screenings.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, led the opposition to the amendment and expressed appreciation for the Senate’s decision.

"We have systematically neglected wellness and disease prevention in this country--as evidenced by the fact that the United States spends twice as much per capita on health care as European countries, but is twice as sick with chronic disease. This amendment perpetuated the disastrous notion that we can neglect and de-fund prevention efforts without paying a huge long-term cost in unnecessary chronic disease and disability--as well as skyrocketing health insurance premiums. In blocking it, the Senate upheld the old principle that an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure."

Read more about this victory for preventative care, here.