Supercommittee Dems' proposed cuts to health law fund draw fire


"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 HarkinIowa’s Ernst will run for reelection in 2020 California primary threatens to change 2020 game for Dems Mellman: Dems’ presidential pick will be chosen in a flash 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."