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Debating prevention's place in healthcare bill

Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2009

A draft Senate bill would provide up to $10 billion annually for a "prevention and public health investment fund," a portion of which could be used for infrastructure projects, such as bike paths and farmers markets meant to curb chronic and costly conditions like obesity. But though some lawmakers believe these initiatives could cut healthcare costs in the long run, others consider them pork-barrel spending.