That makes Secretary Clinton the fourth person who is running or almost ran for president this year to call for a national assault on disease. (Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Joe Biden are the others. And yes, I am sure if Donald Trump joins them it will be to announce something really, really spectacular.)
That's on the heels of a "$2 billion funding boost for NIH and a $133 million increase for FDA – levels near what the bipartisan H.R 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, sought for Fiscal Year 2016. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) commented, “This research boost is an important milestone - we’ve made great progress, but more work remains as we seek to build upon this momentum to deliver cures now. As the Senate continues to do its work, we will continue to seek out every legislative opportunity to improve the future for patients and cures.” The momentum continues as The Hill reports, on the heels of last week’s milestone, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) reiterated that the Senate’s cures bill is a priority for the New Year."
And that's not all. In addition to Senators Roger Wicker and Angus King's EUREKA Act (which would authorize the Director of the National Institute of Health to work with other federal agencies to establish prize challenges to reach research milestones) there have been several other legislative proposals to encourage and reward initiatives that cure expensive and difficult to treat diseaes.
There can and will be aspects of all these proposals that can be picked apart. But as my colleague and cure strategist Jim Pinkerton points out: "history tells us that when the country commits to a goal, big things tend to happen."