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Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (R-Southwest Louisiana) today voted to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the President’s health-care plan.

“Republicans are aggressively removing aspects from President Obama’s health-care law, which has proven disastrous for this country,” Boustany said. “I have been at the forefront of this law’s repeal, and opposed it from day one. We need a plan to improve quality, expand coverage and lower costs while strengthening the doctor-patient relationship. This particular aspect of the health-care law is a gross abuse of power by the Administration. This is unacceptable, and I will do everything I can to dismantle it and replace it with sensible health-care solutions.”
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 236-183 for H.R. 1217, which repeals section 4002 of ObamaCare. Under this provision in the health-care law, the Health and Human Services secretary is authorized to administer and spend funds without further Congressional approval.  According to the Congressional Budget Office estimates, the bill decreases spending by more than $6 billion over the 2012-2016 period and by $16 billion over the 2012-2021 period.