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Across-the-board cuts weaken U.S. health

The Ebola scare will have one good consequence if it wakes up Americans and their elected leaders to the importance of sustained investment in public health.

Unfortunately, as the number of Americans under observation for possible Ebola exposure grew last week, so did partisan rhetoric about who is to blame for shrinking budgets at the National Institutes for Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Associated Press reporter Andrew Taylor unwound some of the spin: NIH and CDC budgets have been flat or shrinking in recent years as House Republicans forced cuts on domestic spending.

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