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Leading Conservative Voices Weigh In On #Cures2015


07.09.15

Prominent Thought Leaders Add to Chorus of Support

Ahead of the House vote on the 21st Century Cures Act TOMORROW, the chorus of support grows louder. The legislation has 230 co-sponsors and a number of leading conservative voices continue to share their support.

Americans for Tax Reform: “H.R. 6 puts forward regulatory reforms to the FDA and other agencies, as is designed to make it easier for new treatments and drugs to come online. Deregulation and cutting red tape should help accelerate good outcomes here. … H.R. 6 cuts spending more than it raises it.”

Neil Bradley of the Conservative Reform Network: “The 21st Century Cures bill proposes to cut mandatory spending and use the savings to provide five years of dedicated funding for medical research. … All of those are things conservatives should applaud and look for opportunities to repeat.”

Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): “We need to embrace a national vision of improving lives and, of course, saving money, through a Cures Strategy. … Our Cures Strategy provides hope for parents who have children with autism, for mothers and sisters who have breast cancer, and for the senior who has a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s our generation’s time to lead. This Cures Strategy is vital to that effort.”

Eric Cantor, Former House Majority Leader: “Congratulations Rep. Fred Upton and Rep. Diana DeGette for all of your hard work to start a movement to focus on cures… We must stop succumbing to the siren of the short-term. #Cures2015 is about the long-term: saving lives, lowering costs and creating value.”

John Feehery: “(C)uts down on needless bureaucracy at the FDA, removes barriers to increase collaboration among researchers, modernizes clinical trials, and provides new incentives for rare diseases.”

Frontiers of Freedom: “The initiatives to eliminate duplicative administrative processes, modernize clinical trial procedures, and reduce the FDA’s frustrating bureaucratic approach are important changes, will benefit the American public, and could well reduce healthcare costs as we find new cures and prevent illnesses. We believe you’ve found the right balance and are advancing the needs of patients in the medicine and device approval process. We also appreciate the entitlement reforms contained in the legislation which will save taxpayers money with those savings growing larger and larger over time.”

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives: “Exciting to see a bipartisan, creative approach to helping Americans find better cures so they can live longer, healthier lives while spending a lot less on medical care.”

Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD), Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), and Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI): “We believe we stand on the threshold of a ‘polio moment.’ The human genome has been sequenced. The era of personalized medicine has arrived. Soon it will be time for the House to pass the 21st Century Cures legislation—a fiscally responsible approach to improving the discovery, development and delivery of cures for patients around the country.”

Paul Howard and Yevgeniy Feyman of The Manhattan Institute: “Fiscal hawks need to step back and look at this trade-off carefully: they’re getting short term spending increases (paid for by short-term spending cuts) that will pay long term dividends in improved health and medical innovation. That’s a deal worth taking every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”

James Pinkerton in BREITBART: (I)f Upton’s Cures legislation sails on to enactment, as expected, we can all look forward to a new horizon of medical breakthroughs. It’s about time: For those Americans suffering from dread diseases, it must be frustrating, even agonizing, to see the news of exciting developments in, for example, consumer electronics and think about how those quantum-leap advances have so far been mostly bypassing medicine.

60 Plus: “We strongly support this historic initiative, which puts innovation and government reform squarely as the cornerstones of providing better cures for Americans, while helping reduce the federal deficit in Washington that threatens all of our well-being. … Saving money while fostering innovations that cure is the right legislative prescription for America’s seniors.”

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS): “As conservatives, we should be advocating for federal investment in research now in order to bend the cost curve down the road. To stay true to our principles, we should also find ways to pay for it where they are available. The 21st Century Cures Act appropriately strikes that balance. It is an important step towards curing those diseases that are taking the lives of our loved ones. But it is also an important step towards curing the disease that threatens to destroy our nation’s fiscal health: runaway entitlement spending and the trillions of dollars in debt that will morph into an inoperable tumor if we don’t act soon.”

See what physicians, thought leaders, and advocates recently said about the legislation HERE.

Learn more about 21st Century Cures HERE.

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