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The New Prohibitionists

The taxpayer-funded Obamacare temperance league.

Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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While the task force supposedly comprises 15 independent public health experts, it is buttressed by 41 support staff who are employed by the CDC. The task force manages to churn out detailed policy recommendations on everything from asthma to sexually transmitted diseases to motor vehicle injuries, even though the board members only meet three times a year. The CDC insists that the task force’s recommendations are independent of the agency, but the impressive level of output suggests CDC’s paid, full-time support staff are the ones behind the task force’s aggressive political push. 

Despite the numerous laws and regulations barring the use of federal dollars to fund lobbying efforts, there’s a very fine legal line between lobbying and “public education campaigns.” The Obama administration seems determined to skirt the intent of the law and continue abusing its authority to promote its narrow public health agenda. Prohibition may have ended 80 years ago, but the CDC is determined to make sure that buying alcohol in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country remains “as inconvenient and expensive as possible.”

Mark Hemingway is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

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