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Nanny Runs Amok

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

At a time of high-profile budget-cutting, the Obama administration continues to squander federal resources on social engineering projects. Two of the administration’s health-related grant programs show the perils of nanny-state policies run amok.

In June, the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $100 million in "Community Transformation Grants," a program created by the so-called Affordable Care Act—i.e. Obamacare. These grants to local government agencies and non-profit organizations are required to use "evidence-based strategies" and have broad population impact that addresses health disparities. Examples of projects that could qualify for grants include the promotion of blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and increased access to healthy food options, including efforts to improve school nutrition and bring healthier food to corner markets in urban areas.

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