This week the House Budget Committee passed a budget resolution that follows a dangerously familiar path, according to APHA and public health advocates.

The measure proposes deep spending cuts in non-defense discretionary programs such as public health, education, research, transportation and a range of other activities that promote and protect public health and safety. The resolution also again repeals the Affordable Care Act.

“These proposed cuts were wrong-headed in years past and they’re wrong-headed now,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA in a statement. “With pressing public health threats growing, we must double down and invest in our nation’s public health system to ensure the health, safety and security of all Americans.”

“We must double down and invest in our nation’s public health system.” — Georges C. Benjamin, MD

The Coalition for Health Funding argued that such cuts leave Americans vulnerable.

“As demonstrated time and time again, public health hazards such as Zika virus, opioid abuse, antibiotic resistance, diabetes, obesity, cancer, foodborne illness, lead poisoning, and others demonstrate the need for continued investment by the federal government in America’s health,” the coalition said in a statement.

The House proposal would also decimate the nation’s health safety net by block granting Medicaid, cutting the program by $1 trillion over 10 years. More than 70 million Americans, including children, seniors and those with disabilities, rely on Medicaid for access to health care services.

According to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Executive Director Robert Greenstein, the proposal would mean more poverty, inequality and hardship. Greenstein also said that “this budget is the latest evidence of the decline of responsible policymaking in our political system.”

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