Supercommittee Dems' proposed cuts to health law fund draw fire

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"We were disappointed that the President's deficit reduction plan included cuts to the Prevention Fund, which would result in a 25 percent reduction in this investment by FY 2015, severely impacting our efforts to curb chronic disease," reads the letter to the deficit-cutting supercommittee. "We urge you to maintain our investment in the Fund and produce a final deficit reduction plan that recognizes the importance of prevention."

Separately, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer New Hampshire parochialism, not whiteness, bedevils Democrats Democrats must question possible political surveillance MORE (D-Iowa), one of the fund's strongest champions, also raised concerns.

"Senator Harkin's position in this area is well-known," a Harkin spokeswoman said, "And he is a strong supporter of the prevention fund."