Vice President Biden’s ‘moonshot’ initiative to defeat cancer has received a thumbs-up from many Americans who say they are willing to pay more in taxes to support cancer research. A new national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America shows half of Americans favor a tax increase to advance cancer research with significant support among Democrats (67%). More than a third of Republicans (38%) and Independents (39%) also favor a tax hike. A majority across the political spectrum (60% of Republicans, 58% of Independents and 54% of Democrats) say they are willing to pay up to $50 per year in taxes for such research, and 28% of Americans are willing to pay even more.
President Obama has proposed a $755 million investment in FY17 for the initiative and additional funding for the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs for cancer projects. The White House also announced that $195 million will support the initiative in FY16. The Moonshot Task Force, led by Vice President Biden and comprised of Cabinet secretaries from several federal agencies, will ‘ensure optimal investment of federal resources’ and focus on data sharing, public and private sector collaborations, patient engagement, and “high-risk, high-reward” research. The task force aims to double the rate of progress and mark achievements within five years compared to a decade or more. A task force report with findings and recommendations will be presented to the President before end of year. Vice President Biden is also committed to meeting with international cancer experts and world leaders, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to push for a coordinated, global offensive against cancer.
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