Research!America Launches Voter Education Campaign
The race for votes has begun yet candidates have been tight-lipped on what should be done to advance U.S. medical innovation. If elected, what will they do to help find cures for costly and deadly diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer? Will they assign a higher priority to medical research and ensure policies keep pace with scientific opportunity or will they take medical progress for granted? Voters want to know. With the election season underway, Research!America has launched a new national voter education initiative, Campaign for Cures: Vote for Medical Progress! The initiative aims to engage candidates running for national office and voters on issues relevant to the health and well-being of our nation.
Sequestration, automatic spending cuts for federal agencies, and flat budgets have impacted the pace of discovery, development and delivery of new treatments to fight disease. Limited resources have forced researchers to abandon or delay cutting-edge projects. Young scientists are discouraged from pursuing their careers while others consider opportunities overseas. Other nations are ratcheting up investments in research while our funding remains stagnant, jeopardizing our leadership in global R&D. The detrimental effects of underinvestment in research extends to our economy. Without robust and sustained funding to find the solutions to what ails us, health care costs will continue to soar, contributing to our national debt. Alzheimer's alone is projected to cost over $1.1 trillion by 2050.
Finding cures is a top priority for Americans, and it should be for candidates. A majority of Americans (74%) say it is important to know whether candidates for Congress are supportive of scientific and medical research, according to polling commissioned by Research!America. Help us elevate medical innovation in the national conversation this election season. Please visit www.campaignforcures.org for the latest information and ‘like’ the campaign on Facebook and follow the latest news on Twitter.