House GOP budget allocation hits health spending hardest

Health and education spending would suffer the biggest cut under House Republicans' plan for divvying up discretionary spending for next fiscal year.

House appropriators on Wednesday announced that they planned to allocate $139 billion for labor, health and human services and education for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. That's $18 billion less than those programs are getting this year - and more than $40 billion less than what President Obama asked for in his 2012 budget proposal. 

In all, the Republican budget blueprint that the House adopted last month would shave $30 billion off this year's budget. Every program area gets cut by the budget, except defense spending which increases by $17 billion.

The allocations only represent cuts to discretionary health spending that must be appropriated every year, such as investments in medical research. The House Republican budget would make much larger cuts to health entitlements, cutting healthcare reform subsidies and Medicaid by more than $2 trillion over 10 years.

The allocation is tentative and subject to mark up.