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house Bill H.R. 4400

Should the FDA Incentivize Companies to Find a Treatment for the Zika Virus?

Argument in favor

Zika virus is a global public health emergency that has already reached Texas and Florida. Congress should use the voucher program to speed up research into a treatment and protect the U.S. from an outbreak.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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02/08/2016
"You gotta do everything you can... What you have to do is test off...which is basically spraying... but I don't think that will be very effective." [Hugh Hewitt Show]
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Steven's Opinion
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02/05/2016
Incentivize???? What a nice word for bribe, should we have to bribe medical companies into finding a cure for a disease? This is a classic illustration of why the free market economy and medicine don't mix. Finding cures for diseases and treating the sick and injured should not be profit driven. Because now medical companies need to be bribed to do what they should be setting out to do with or without monetary gain. The free market economy needs to be removed from medicine, period! But for now since thats just my wishful thinking , go ahead and bribe them!
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02/03/2016
Viruses do not respect borders. We need to work together in an international coalition to find treatments and vaccines for this global health threat.
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Argument opposed

The voucher system may be flawed, and can slow down the FDA’s review of other drugs. The program is not yet proven to be effective: Only three tropical disease vouchers have been awarded since 2007.

Mythoughts's Opinion
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02/03/2016
Before spending more money we should look at the cure proclaimed by the UK
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operaman's Opinion
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02/05/2016
Most private companies seeks public money to finance their "for profit" product. If there is a market for a new effective vaccine then there will be a big pharma company looking for a profit. When the Government throws tax payers cash into private enterprise you get problems like Solyndra. So Mr. Federal Government, keep my money at the IRS and I will purchase Big Pharmaceutical Stocks myself.
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Buddy brett's Opinion
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02/03/2016
Let the free market be free. Plus the FDA can't be trusted and this sounds like the first step toward mandatory vaccination. The link between Zika and both defects is still being investigated.
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    "You gotta do everything you can... What you have to do is test off...which is basically spraying... but I don't think that will be very effective." [Hugh Hewitt Show]
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    Incentivize???? What a nice word for bribe, should we have to bribe medical companies into finding a cure for a disease? This is a classic illustration of why the free market economy and medicine don't mix. Finding cures for diseases and treating the sick and injured should not be profit driven. Because now medical companies need to be bribed to do what they should be setting out to do with or without monetary gain. The free market economy needs to be removed from medicine, period! But for now since thats just my wishful thinking , go ahead and bribe them!
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    Viruses do not respect borders. We need to work together in an international coalition to find treatments and vaccines for this global health threat.
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    Most private companies seeks public money to finance their "for profit" product. If there is a market for a new effective vaccine then there will be a big pharma company looking for a profit. When the Government throws tax payers cash into private enterprise you get problems like Solyndra. So Mr. Federal Government, keep my money at the IRS and I will purchase Big Pharmaceutical Stocks myself.
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    Let the free market be free. Plus the FDA can't be trusted and this sounds like the first step toward mandatory vaccination. The link between Zika and both defects is still being investigated.
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    Before spending more money we should look at the cure proclaimed by the UK
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    Health is an obvious policy for both sides of the aisle to rally behind
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    No
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    That is what the cdc is for. We definitely don't need anymore
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    If they have a cure they'll use it. This would be a big moneymaker for them; why would we incentivize something already very lucrative at the expensive of the taxpayer.
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    The FDA shouldn't be subsidizing stuff. I could see it easily biasing the approval process.
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    The incentive to create effective drugs for emerging medical problems already exists. It's called profit.
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    YES,THEY SHOULD,WE WILL ALL BENEFIT FROM THAT!!
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    There's no reason to waste our already dwindling budget on finding a cure or treatment for a virus that already has treatment options bidding in many other industrialized nations. Find a cure, but with our own forum rather than ask America's pharmaceutical companies who have already proven a number of times that they are not to be trusted with their financial decisions - especially a drug with such monopolizing power.
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    Preventing a Zika outbreak is an urgent issue
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    "Incentivize" usually means giving subsidies (our tax dollars) to private businesses. Government usually fails to pick the right winners and right losers.
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    we need to spend less money not more
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    The goal of companies is to make their owners a profit. What better way then to find the cure for such a problem as this virus. Let economic greed work to further advancement on this cure.
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    The free market will figure it out without government help.
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    Yes only if a plan speed research , without corruption
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