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Posted at 4:46 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Budget 2012: Health and Human Services

By Amy Goldstein

The first sentence of the "funding highlights" in the White House budget document says that the $79.9 billion the president is requesting for Health and Human Services would be "slightly above the 2010 funding level."

In fact, as the agency's budget figures show, the proposal would decrease HHS's discretionary funding -- the portion Congress allots each year -- by $72 million, or 0.9 percent, from fiscal 2010.

The spending plan for HHS includes $465 million to help carry out the sprawling law Congress adopted last year to overhaul the nation's health care system. It also contains $300 million to implement a recent law providing health care to people harmed in the Sept.11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

The budget goes a fraction of the way toward fulfilling President Obama's promise to stave off cuts in payments to doctors for treating older Americans through Medicare for 10 years. The reductions were part of a 1997 law That delay is forecast to cost a total of $370 billion. The budget proposes enough money to cover the first two years, starting with $18.6 billion for 2012.

Some parts of HHS would be trimmed overall but would selectively receive extra money. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be cut by nearly $600 million but would get new funds to expand its efforts to prevent the spread of the AIDS virus and other infectious diseases and to promote immunization.

The budget would kill or pare down more than two dozen programs across the vast agency. One of the largest cuts would halve spending on the Community Services Block Grant program and reduce by nearly half the funding to help low-income people heat their homes.

In some instances, the cuts the administration is recommending for fiscal 2012 overlap with programs that the new House Republican majority has targeted for fiscal 2011 -- the current year -- although the GOP is proposing a wider range of reductions.

View agency budget document (Annotated PDF)

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By Amy Goldstein  | February 14, 2011; 4:46 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Health Care, Health Care, Republican Party, The Agencies, The Budget, White House  
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Comments

As a Senior Citizen on Soc. Sec. disability income one of many reasons I voted for President Obama was I thought he would be sympathetic to the plight of Americans like me who through no fault of their own are stricken with a catastrophic medical condition and are forced to retire. I am truly disheartened by the callousness of his decision to cut or eliminate funds that help low income people pay their heating bill, and doing away with rent subsidies that assist low income disabled Seniors pay their rent. Have the Republicans or Democrats thought about the consequences of those two cuts,do they know there will be Seniors living in frigid apartments with no heat or electricity(Everything gets shut off, not just the heat)or they will have to turn the heat so low it will be like living in a walk in cooler, and with no rent subsidy the only places a lot of disabled low income Seniors will be able to afford to live is high crime areas where the rent is cheap, if these cuts happen that's what the future holds for me, I did not chose to become disabled, I payed into Soc. Sec. for more then thirty years, why am I being treated the same as someone who never worked a day in there life, are my fellow Americans really going to let this happen, if these cuts cause human suffering on a scale never seen before is the only response from politicians "so be it" that's it? Isn't that the same as "Let them eat cake" I don't think things turned out very well for the person that made that statement.

Posted by: Sergeant2 | February 20, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It looks to me like we have a president, who claimed to be a Democrat, to get elected, but in reality, is a closet Republican. By cutting programs like Heap, and the Community Services Block Grant program, I for one will not vote for him again, and I will do my best to keep others from doing so as well. There are other programs, other than the ones the poor and elderly depend upon, that can be cut, especially the so-called "corporate research".

This may pass the House, but it will have to make it through a Democratically controlled Senate, who will probably NOT see eye to eye with the President.

Every Democrat who will be running for office needs to remember that we, the voting public, are watching them closely on this.

Posted by: Will_Mat | February 15, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It looks to me like we have a president, who claimed to be a Democrat, to get elected, but in reality, is a closet Republican. By cutting programs like Heap, and the Community Services Block Grant program, I for one will not vote for him again, and I will do my best to keep others from doing so as well. There are other programs, other than the ones the poor and elderly depend upon, that can be cut, especially the so-called "corporate research".

This may pass the House, but it will have to make it through a Democratically controlled Senate, who will probably NOT see eye to eye with the President.

Every Democrat who will be running for office needs to remember that we, the voting public, are watching them closely on this.

Posted by: Will_Mat | February 15, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

No cuts here.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | February 14, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

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