With only a handful of congressional primaries remaining, ballots are nearly all set for November 8. What isn’t set is the position of the candidates regarding the priority they place on driving medical progress by putting research and innovation to work. In fact, very few candidates have shared their positions with voters. And unless you and I and everyone we can reach out to in the next two months demand it, that is unlikely to change. If you need motivation to take action, consider this simple fact: candidates who are elected will become champions of the positions they espoused while running. If they don’t talk about research and innovation when running, they won’t talk about it – and possibly will vote against it – when they take office. A great deal is at stake. It’s time to work on our collective future as stakeholders in achieving better health by acting now to make research for health a priority in the next administration and the next Congress. See elsewhere in this newsletter for tips on how you can make a difference.
The current Congress should be on your radar screen, as well. They have only a few days in session this month to finally take action to combat Zika, finally send 21st Century Cures across the finish line, and enact a short rather than long-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded. Having to once again pass a CR is itself a statement of frustrating congressional gridlock but since it is inevitable, let’s make the best of it! For details on all of these, again, see elsewhere in this newsletter.
I look forward to seeing you at the 2016 National Health Research Forum on September 8. The speakers and panelists are extraordinary. Send us your comments and recommendations based on the conversations.