Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), voted for H.R. 1217, a bill that eliminates a $17.75 billion so called "slush fund" created in ObamaCare. This repeal bill passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 236-183.
"It has been over a year since ObamaCare became law and the American people are still shocked at what they find in it," said Black. "While repeal efforts have stalled in the Senate, the House is working to take the health care law apart piece by piece. This $17 billion is an undefined money pit that would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to spend American tax dollars on anything she wants--with no Congressional oversight whatsoever. This slush fund is damaging precedent for government and a total waste of money "
Eliminating this slush fund does not cut any specific program because the fund was not directed at any specific program. To date this money has been used by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage states to enact tax increases on tobacco and sugar-sweetened products.
After voting to completely repeal the health care law in early January, the House of Representatives directed its committees to begin to dismantle and replace key provisions in the law. As a part of this effort, the Committee on Ways and Means introduced a proposal to repeal the 1099 tax reporting provisions--a major funder of the health care law--that would have buried small businesses in paperwork. 1099 repeal passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by the president earlier this month.