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house Bill H.R. 34

21st Century Cures: Funding Research, Development and Delivery of New Medical Treatments

Argument in favor

This legislation is a robust and collaborative overhaul of the way that new treatments are developed, tested, approved and delivered — it will help bring our health care system into the 21st Century.

Antonio's Opinion
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05/17/2015
I feel like the government should give people time to prepare for natural disasters. That means that less people die in more money saved. We need warnings for when natural disasters are going to hit.
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Lauren's Opinion
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11/30/2016
We need more funding for research. Especially with things like CRSPR that have so much potential to heal. Despite shorter FDA approval times, informed consents should cover possibly risk to the patient.
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Tracy's Opinion
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12/02/2016
I support the basics of this bill, but I am very concerned about the power it gives to big pharm and people that may be harmed by the quick approvals it will offer. Perhaps this bill needs more specifics.
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Argument opposed

While its objectives are noble, this bill is so unwieldy, it will be difficult for industries to adapt to the reforms. It also poses threats to patient safety by cutting the time that the FDA has to approve new medical treatments.

Peter's Opinion
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11/30/2016
To my knowledge, the version of this bill that actually got passed is a bastardized version of the original that gives way too much power to big pharma to keep on doing whatever it wants to make money rather than serve the public health.
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Dave's Opinion
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11/30/2016
Once again these Big Pharma lobbyists have messed up what should be a great plan to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer and replaced it with a plan that lets these companies get away with fraud. We deserve better, and I expect my Representatives to fight for a better plan.
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Lindsey's Opinion
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12/01/2016
While the bill sounds good in theory, our current FDA process should not be relaxed (when already it's questionable to begin with) in order to succumb to the wishes of powerful pharma companies.
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    I feel like the government should give people time to prepare for natural disasters. That means that less people die in more money saved. We need warnings for when natural disasters are going to hit.
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    To my knowledge, the version of this bill that actually got passed is a bastardized version of the original that gives way too much power to big pharma to keep on doing whatever it wants to make money rather than serve the public health.
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    Once again these Big Pharma lobbyists have messed up what should be a great plan to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer and replaced it with a plan that lets these companies get away with fraud. We deserve better, and I expect my Representatives to fight for a better plan.
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    While the bill sounds good in theory, our current FDA process should not be relaxed (when already it's questionable to begin with) in order to succumb to the wishes of powerful pharma companies.
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    This legislation lessen the amount of personnel in the review process as well as changes what evidence can be used to justify FDA approval. Do you want to trust the pharmaceutical companies when they say something is safe or should they have to prove it with actual clinical trials? This bill would be like giving predatory lenders the ability to approve credit applications.
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    The risks outweigh the rewards. Big Pharma's influence is written all over the bill's provisions to speed up the FDA approval process (which is already one of the fastest in the world), at the expense of the process' thoroughness and access to quality data to fuel an informed decision. While funding increases for the NIH and its life saving medical research are needed, the risk to patient safety the bill in its current form would add is too high.
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    This is a give away to big pharma! NIH funding should not have been deleted. We are watching and will not allow you to sell out our health to line the pockets of big corporations.
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    This bill has been corrupted by Big Pharma. So many good things laid to waste by protecting the big pharma companies. This bill in its current state is deplorable.
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    This bill will weaken the regulator's authority and compromise patient safety
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    To much money that can possibly just go to waste, there are more important issues that this money can pay for.
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    I support the basics of this bill, but I am very concerned about the power it gives to big pharm and people that may be harmed by the quick approvals it will offer. Perhaps this bill needs more specifics.
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    Elizabeth Warren made a good speech about the problems with the bill on the floor. You can find it on her Facebook page.
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    This is just another free government handout to Big Pharma and healthcare companies that are already price-gouging the s*** out of ordinary Americans. Corporate Welfare! Crony Capitalism! This is just a "Bigly" bad bill!
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    Please take note of Senator Warren's article on this bill. I desperately want my representatives to reject the pharmaceutical industry's influence on this bill.
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    We need more funding for research. Especially with things like CRSPR that have so much potential to heal. Despite shorter FDA approval times, informed consents should cover possibly risk to the patient.
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    We need more funding for mental health.
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    Amendments to the bill that further entrench the abuses of the pharmaceutical industry make passage of the bill in its current form intolerable.
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    This gives far too much overreach and ability to force medical mandates and bribe "science". There was not enough time to review the over 900 pages before entering in to vote.
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    Speculative, yes. But better a hundred million in preparedness now than billions and lost lives later.
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    Keep innovative solutions coming. We need to be pro-science in whatever areas we can grab.
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