Health Care Influence: Health groups decry Trump's cuts
President Donald Trump's budget blueprint has hospitals, patient advocates and research groups alarmed over his proposed massive, across-the-board cuts to federal health agencies and programs. Though the budget is mainly a statement of administration priorities and won't go far in Congress, concern is reverberating throughout the health policy world.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science's chief executive, former Rep. Rush Holt, described the proposal to reduce NIH's budget by roughly 20 percent as "severe and unjustifiably rapid cuts," saying they threaten to set back the United States' advantage over other countries in medical innovation.
Research!America president Mary Woolley called the proposal a "disruptive way of operating" and told reporters that it would be "ill-informed" to assume that the private sector would invest more in research and development if the federal government's research initiatives are slashed.