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"Ex-CDC chief opposes public health block grants in Trump budget" by Julie Steenhuysen
Rob Smith was quoted in Julie Steenhuysen's Reuters article, entitled "Ex-CDC chief opposes public health block grants in Trump budget".
Rob Smith, an analyst with Capital Alpha Partners, sees the block grant proposal as part of an overall theme in the Trump White House "to get healthcare out of the hands of D.C. bureaucrats." The proposal is similar to the Republican's Obamacare "repeal" bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives that gives states a set amount of money to cover people on the Medicaid program for the poor".
In public health, however, Smith said allowing states to devise their own response to infectious disease threats, such as Zika, could mean it takes longer to get an outbreak under control.