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house Bill H.R. 6

Funding More 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.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/02/2015
More funding to research in the medical field is a must. We need to have our health care system modernized to the highest extent. This also will provide young scientists and people interested in the medical field to help with research in return to pay off their student debt, WHICH IS FANTASTIC.
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Shira's Opinion
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06/28/2016
We have treatments and potential cures (even if they're off label.) As a teenaged rare disease patient I'm already living on borrowed time and that isn't acceptable. I need cures now.
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NurfSerd's Opinion
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03/10/2016
As a 28 year old male with degenerative stenosis of the spine and 5 discs ruptured while playing on the Falcon Football Team at The US Air Force Academy and Preparatory Academy, Title L and Title M of this bill will, hopefully, positively effect my ability to receive the most advanced and effective disc replacement technology available in the world. We are far behind other esteemed developed ally nations that have been using this new, less invasive and more advanced tech, device for years. This, coming from the opinion of the Neurosurgeon to perform my initial spinal procedure, a laminectomy, considered safe but very rare for someone of my age (typical patients are around 55 and over) and as a result the typical anesthetics used for it were of little use when I, as a 230 pound 25 year old and prescribed OxyContin narcotics for 12 months to manage daily pain at the time, woke and began seizing at which point an accidental incision of my spinal membrane caused spinal fluid to flow from my spinal cavity and brain. Fortunately, and after 3 weeks off work, of which 1 week was not guaranteed at the time due to their sick-leave and vacation policy (yes, I had to use all my vacation for the year and receive 1 extra week directly from the CEO. And yes, this inspired him to change their policy to a more Euro-mentality of sick days and holidays). Without an alternative to the current disc replacement procedures available via The FDA within the US, I will have to live the rest of my life undergoing surgeries, such as described, to put off this archaic disc replacement procedure of which is sadly our only option as US Citizens. Let our allegiance to the human race and proper ethics overpower our political posturing.
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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.

Larry's Opinion
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11/29/2016
Big Pharma has hijacked this 21st Century Cures Act – and every good, common-sense, bipartisan proposal will die unless Democrats make it easier for giant drug companies to commit fraud, give out kickbacks, and put patients’ lives at risk. I know the difference between compromise and extortion – and I cannot vote for this bill as it currently stands. E. Warren
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Mary's Opinion
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11/29/2016
While I agree that there is improvement needed in time to market for new discoveries, that improvement must not come from letting drug companies be less transparent. All of the science needs to be out in the light for peer review.
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Paul's Opinion
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12/01/2015
No the government needs to stay out of it and leave it to private enterprise
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    More funding to research in the medical field is a must. We need to have our health care system modernized to the highest extent. This also will provide young scientists and people interested in the medical field to help with research in return to pay off their student debt, WHICH IS FANTASTIC.
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    Big Pharma has hijacked this 21st Century Cures Act – and every good, common-sense, bipartisan proposal will die unless Democrats make it easier for giant drug companies to commit fraud, give out kickbacks, and put patients’ lives at risk. I know the difference between compromise and extortion – and I cannot vote for this bill as it currently stands. E. Warren
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    As a 28 year old male with degenerative stenosis of the spine and 5 discs ruptured while playing on the Falcon Football Team at The US Air Force Academy and Preparatory Academy, Title L and Title M of this bill will, hopefully, positively effect my ability to receive the most advanced and effective disc replacement technology available in the world. We are far behind other esteemed developed ally nations that have been using this new, less invasive and more advanced tech, device for years. This, coming from the opinion of the Neurosurgeon to perform my initial spinal procedure, a laminectomy, considered safe but very rare for someone of my age (typical patients are around 55 and over) and as a result the typical anesthetics used for it were of little use when I, as a 230 pound 25 year old and prescribed OxyContin narcotics for 12 months to manage daily pain at the time, woke and began seizing at which point an accidental incision of my spinal membrane caused spinal fluid to flow from my spinal cavity and brain. Fortunately, and after 3 weeks off work, of which 1 week was not guaranteed at the time due to their sick-leave and vacation policy (yes, I had to use all my vacation for the year and receive 1 extra week directly from the CEO. And yes, this inspired him to change their policy to a more Euro-mentality of sick days and holidays). Without an alternative to the current disc replacement procedures available via The FDA within the US, I will have to live the rest of my life undergoing surgeries, such as described, to put off this archaic disc replacement procedure of which is sadly our only option as US Citizens. Let our allegiance to the human race and proper ethics overpower our political posturing.
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    We have treatments and potential cures (even if they're off label.) As a teenaged rare disease patient I'm already living on borrowed time and that isn't acceptable. I need cures now.
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    If they want big profits they will learn to adapt.
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    While I agree that there is improvement needed in time to market for new discoveries, that improvement must not come from letting drug companies be less transparent. All of the science needs to be out in the light for peer review.
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    I originally voted yes on this, but after watching Senator Warren speak, I must change my vote. This bill has good provisions, but is basically a bill that big Pharma is pushing to get passed. This bill will allow them to sell drugs without FDA approval, allow them to keep secret their give-always to doctors and hospitals to push their drugs. Big Pharma gave a lot of money to GOP senators as bribes to pass this bill. The GOP put good provisions about foster care, and other things to try to push democrats into voting for it. The bill also doesn't fund the NIH and the FDA at levels that enable them to do the work that needs to be done.
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    Not the. Governments jurisdiction.
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    More funding for research and development.
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    Anything that side steps safety in the name of profits- no
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    We elderly need help
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    No the government needs to stay out of it and leave it to private enterprise
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    We are at the threshold of the post-antibiotic age of medicine. New methods of dealing with antibiotic resistant illnesses must be developed to safeguard the lives of all people.
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    This is not the place of government. Hospitals are abusive, profit-driven, machines. Read TIME magazine article "Bitter Pill".
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    I'm all for research to improve medical procedures. But the answer is capitalism. Not legislation.
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    Let's get Medicaid out of the dark ages.
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    Why should we taxpayers fund more medical research and development when government will not cover the costs associated with receiving new healthcare procedures and drugs through Medicare and Medicaid? We taxpayers should pay for development but cannot benefit from it? No way. Until Medicare (an institution forced upon us when we have 65 birthdays) and Medicaid (a healthcare debacle whose low payments for fees are designed to bankrupt all healthcare providers) decide we taxpayers (who are NOT and have never been members of Congress and who are NOT and never have been federal employees) deserve the same level of care that those who inflict this upon us keep for themselves. Otherwise, this is just an addition to the legal pyramid scheme the federal government forces upon us.
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    This should be privatly funded.
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    Government is to big. I think the government has changed how long testing is done and patients are used as testing putting us in danger. Off topic, I am very concerned about our medicine being made by Chia, India and other countries. The government has put us in terrible danger; they can't handle all agencies now (Post Office)! What would happen if Chine, for instance, we're at war with us. What about our medicine then?
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    "I don't think we should have the most advanced medicine there is because God"
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