Isn’t he dead yet? I wonder if drunk and obese Teddy will be around to welcome his proposed community-based organizers into his home to ‘monitor’ his eating and drinking habits?
The health care reform bill approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) and chaired by Teddy Kennedy would provide federal grants to state and local governments and a “national network of community-based organizations” to “promote healthy living and reduce disparities” and to monitor people’s weight, eating, exercise habits and other individual behaviors that affect health at the community level.
The language of the bill says that the secretary of health and human services, acting through the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can award the grants “for the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of proven evidence-based community preventive health activities in order to reduce chronic disease rates, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence-base of effective prevention programming.”
The language instituting the program, entitled “Community Transformation Grants,” is on pages 382-387 of the bill as posted on the committee’s Web site. The bill states that only three types of entities will be eligible to receive grants under the program: “a–(A) State government agency; (B) local government agency; or (C) national network of community-based organizations.”
In a section entitled, “Community-Based Prevention Health Activities,” the bill calls on grant recipients to measure weight loss, physical activity, smoking and other activities of people in the neighborhood.
“In carrying out subparagraph (A), the eligible entity shall, with respect to residents in the community, measure–
“(i) decreases in weight;
“(ii) increases in proper nutrition;
“(iii) increases in physical activity;
“(iv) decreases in tobacco use prevalence;
“(v) other factors using community-specific data from the Behavioral Risk Surveillance Survey; and
“(vi) other factors as determined by the Secretary [at HHS].”
The proposed law further says that the CDC director “shall provide appropriate feedback and technical assistance to grantees to establish community makeover plans.”
Further, the Kennedy health care bill does not say which “national network of community-based organizations” is eligible to participate. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said that it is possible that the controversial group ACORN could qualify for the available grants. CNS NEWS
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