On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the Government would be injecting funds worth nearly $600 Million, out of the total $787 Billion allocated for economic stimulus, into as many as 85 heath centers to help create more employment opportunities.
With the unemployment rate for November hovering around 10%, the Obama Administration is under increasing pressure to create more jobs and try and pull the rate of jobless down.
As per the Republicans, the stimulus funds package which was passed by the ruling Government in February has had little impact, but the Democrats have countered this statement furiously by stressing that the stimulus has pulled the country from falling into an even deeper recession.
The White house has now announced that almost $600 Million would be allocated to pay for major construction and revamping projects across 85 community health centers all around the country, and to also help networks at these centers to move to electronic record keeping.
"Taken together, these three initiatives -- funding for construction, technology and a medical home demonstration -- they won't just save money over the long term and create more jobs", the President was quoted as saying.
To qualify for Government funding, a center has to be a federally qualified "community health facility".