Michele Bachmann: Clear the way for medical research

  • Article by: Michele Bachmann
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 2:18 PM

We have all the tools to cure diseases except a path free of regulatory obstacles.

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goferfanzFeb. 18, 13 7:24 PM

The great failing in Bachmann's logic is--->believing this President. It's the same speech year after year, aka jobs, infrastructure, war, medical issues, etc. It's like they are too lazy to even write a new speech. Even worse, nothing turns for the better from our soldiers dying, to more debt, to no jobs, to health premiums soaring this past year, to $4 gas. You want medical savings? Unleash the tort reform this President offered in a past SOTU. There is 500 billion being squandered each year in defensive medicine--that's a lot of waste. Yet, all of us know the President wasnt serious when he mentioned tort reform, huh.........

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chavistaFeb. 18, 13 8:31 PM

gopherfanz, I realize that capacity to read and understand is quite limited. Tort reform is include in the Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148 under section 10607. Try reading it, you might learn something.

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turgidFeb. 18, 13 8:43 PM

Everyone wants a cure for Alzheimer's, and if Representative Bachmann can help get us closer, that would be great news.

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goferfanzFeb. 18, 13 9:13 PM

Gosh chavista, so when obama mentioned it in his 2011 SOTU, you are saying it was already in the 2010 Obamacare law? Hmmm, whom do I believe, chavista or Obama? Boy, that's a tough one.....Also, you should work on your grammar if you are trying to use a zinger. Just a little friendly advice ;o)

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foneboothFeb. 18, 13 9:14 PM

Well. Coming from her I can't help but be suspicious. Sounds like a short step to (gulp) that tea party four letter word, "compromise". Could she actually be interested in helping more than those to adulate her?

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martin64Feb. 18, 1310:19 PM

Everyone wants a cure for Alzheimer's, and if Representative Bachmann can help get us closer, that would be great news. = What do you want to bet she forgets about what she said within a month or so.

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martin64Feb. 18, 1310:20 PM

Everyone wants a cure for Alzheimer's, and if Representative Bachmann can help get us closer, that would be great news. = What do you want to bet she forgets about what she said within a month or so.

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pumiceFeb. 18, 1310:57 PM

From the article: "I am sure that investors and philanthropists will be eager to step forward with vast amounts of private capital on behalf of cures — but they need to see a clear path to success." I may be misunderstanding Rep. Bachmann's point, but... (1) Jonas Salk worked for the University of Pittsburg. (2) His work was funded by the March of Dimes. (3) Research on polio had begun in the early 1900s. It took decades to develop and produce a polio vaccine--Salk's work took eight years. (4) Salk's vaccine dates to 1955, the Food and Drug Administration to 1930. What reforms does Rep. Bachmann suggest to ameliorate "decades of overregulation and egregiously predatory tort litigation" between 1955 and 2010? (5) What "rigorous overhaul of the way we conduct research and develop new medicines" does she have in mind? (6) Why does she attribute risk aversion to capitalists (would-be investors and philanthropists "eager to step forward with vast amounts of private capital") who, in her zeal to repeal regulations, she sees demanding a shield for good-faith investments as well as a clear path to success?

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pumiceFeb. 18, 1311:36 PM

Rep. Bachmann speaks in platitudes such as "The main driver of health care costs is illness, and the most effective way to make illness cheaper is by prevention and cures." Isn't "preventing and curing illness" the definition of "health care"? Moreover, Rep. Bachmann pinches pennies when it comes to both prevention and cures because both arise from pure research, the hallmark of which is total absence of a clear path to success. Jonas Salk was a researcher; his motivation was saving lives, not creating wealth and jobs.

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erikj3Feb. 18, 1311:56 PM

"I’m proud to be known as one of the leading penny-pinchers in Congress,"...Except for that necessary bridge.

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