Republicans Cut Funds For School-Based Health Centers

May 10, 2011 12:33 pm ET

Last week, the GOP continued its quest to dismantle parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with 232 House Republicans voting to cut funding for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) — medical facilities that provide children with access to primary care at school. In a report, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) rationalized defunding the SBHCs with claims that the "incoherent" authorization will pay for clinic construction but not for staffing and that it duplicates funding for community health centers — neither of which is true. Rather than eliminating wasteful spending, House Republicans have moved to take away valuable resources from effective primary care facilities for children.

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