Congress May Cut Huge ObamaCare Slush Fund for Dietary Sermonizing

If Republicans are serious about staving off economic collapse by cutting some of the fat out of the federal budget, there could be fewer better places to start than with the giant slush fund ObamaCare established for frivolous anti-obesity campaigns:

In a little-noticed hearing last Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee voted out legislation that would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created in the health care reform bill.

The fund is a permanently authorized and appropriated subsidy for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative (originally funded through the Recovery Act) that gives grants that directly financed anti-obesity campaigns and soda-tax efforts in New York City and elsewhere.

First the Dems pretended that stealing our money and using it to buy megaphones to scream in our ears about what we should stop eating would stimulate the economy. But ObamaCare gave them an even more lucrative way to fund their unwelcome advice:

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The legislation authorizes $500 million for fiscal year (FY) 2010, then $1 billion by FY 2012, $1.5 billion in 2013, and finally, $2 billion from 2015 and “each fiscal year thereafter”.

That eventual $2 billion in taxpayer money [per year] would be controlled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

If past conduct is any indication, this unaffordable fortune will not be spent responsibly:

[T]he CDC was also coming dangerously close to violating federal law by using taxpayer money to lobby for policy changes through the CPPW.

This lobbying has taken the form of demanding higher taxes on demonized “sugary drinks,” promoting bans on affordable restaurants, and pushing for still higher cigarette taxes.

The federal government’s authority to use our money to preach at us about healthy habits will probably be found in the Constitution somewhere near the right to kill inconvenient babies.

Who knows what other expensive surprises we’ll find in ObamaCare, as people finally find time to read and decipher a bill that was passed a year ago.

The worst waste is yet to come. Via Questions and Observations.

On a tip from Lisa. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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