Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1217, a bill to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Sebelius Slush Fund) created in Obamacare. The law provides $17.5 billion for the next ten years (FY 2012-2021) and continues to appropriate $2 billion per year after 2015 with no sunset. Congressman Alan Nunnelee voted for the repeal measure.
"In creating this slush fund, Congress essentially handed over its power to manage federal spending to an unelected and unaccountable bureaucrat," Nunnelee said. "Secretary Sebelius would have billions of dollars at her disposal to use for any purpose she explains as benefiting prevention and public health - ranging from bikes paths to jungle gyms. It has never been more important for Congress to have control of every penny that is spent, ensuring that there is no fraud, waste or abuse. By eliminating the Obamacare slush funds, we are saving hardworking taxpayers billions of dollars that our country simply can't afford."
H.R. 1217 is the first of at least five bills reported out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce scheduled for a floor vote to eliminate some of these mandatory appropriations. Obamacare turned hundreds of billions of dollars in discretionary spending into future mandatory spending programs. Rather than one large slush fund, this is a compilation of provisions totaling about $105 billion in mandatory spending and fund transfers over ten years.