OC says no to seeking $10 million in federal health care funds

Mar 8, 2012

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Orange County’s Board of Supervisors has blocked the county’s Health Care Agency from seeking more than $10 million in federal grants because some board members view the money as tainted by what they call “ObamaCare.”

Last week, supervisors rejected the agency’s federal grant application for $40,000, and last June the board rejected the agency’s attempt to win $10 million, also funded by the Affordable Care Act. Orange County’s dismissal points to the larger issue of other local and state governments rejecting federal funding for philosophical reasons.

South Carolina leaders, for example, say they don’t need federal bailout money meant for public schools because they oppose federal intrusion into state education.


Is it hypocritical of politicians to reject federal funds, even for ideological reasons, when constituents may benefit?


Andrew Galvin, staff reporter for Orange County Register

Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the 3rd district

Michael Cannon, director of Health Policy Studies at The Cato Institute

Shana Alex Lavarreda, Director of Health Insurance Studies, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

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