WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The below is a statement from John Auerbach, president and CEO, of Trust for America's Health (TFAH) on the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 proposed budget announcement.
"The proposed $1.2 billion cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would be perilous for the health of the American people.
From Ebola to Zika to opioid misuse to diabetes to heart disease, the CDC is on the frontlines keeping Americans healthy. Cutting nearly 20 percent of the CDC's Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion center's budget would be disastrous.
Enormous cuts are also proposed throughout the rest of the agency including to programs that protect the American people from infectious diseases, environmental contaminants, exposure to tobacco and much more. If these budget cuts were to occur, they would cripple CDC's operations and result in increased illnesses, injuries and preventable deaths.
CDC has already lost more than $580 million in funding since 2010 – and the proposed American Healthcare Act would, in FY 2019, repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which supplies 12 percent of CDC's budget—of which more than $620 million goes yearly to states.
Even now, with a relatively stable FY 2017 budget, CDC is operating with nearly 700 vacancies and will function with diminished resources once the Zika emergency supplemental funding runs out.
As such, this unprecedented and dramatic cut would have unparalleled and drastic consequences for our nation's health and would likely lead to staggering increases in our healthcare service costs. It would also create massive holes in state public health funding, as states and local communities rely on the hundreds of millions they receive from CDC every year.
In essence, the proposed budget would force CDC to fight epidemics and health threats with both hands tied behind their back while wearing a blindfold.
We urge the Administration and Congress to work together to ensure CDC is able to protect the American people and help Americans be healthy and thrive."
Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. www.healthyamericans.org
SOURCE Trust for America's Health