Cuts to Alzheimer's research show folly of sequestration

  • Article by: Albert R. Hunt , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: June 10, 2013 - 1:57 PM

Many Republicans, and Democrats, never thought the automatic across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration would take effect. After all, they might produce dangerous, if unintended, consequences such as potentially bankrupting the U.S. health-care system, along with millions of families.

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FrankLJun. 10, 13 2:27 PM

The sequestration is pointing out what we all know. The agencies will keep their bureaucratic staff even if they fail in their mission. Like the FAA cutting controllers at airports instead of bureaucrats in Washington.

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pumiceJun. 10, 13 2:38 PM

From the article: "There’s been a lot of progress, in large part because of earlier NIH efforts: The number of deaths from strokes and heart disease is down more than 30 percent over the past decade, and cancer deaths have declined almost 15 percent. The reverse has occurred with Alzheimer’s. Over a decade, deaths have risen sharply..." Too bad Alzheimer's victims aren't able to lobby Members of Congress as effectively as air travelers lobbied.

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thugaliensJun. 10, 13 3:27 PM

I feel bad about that research getting cut but nothing else in the sequestor is gonna effect me or any other taxpayers one iota!

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thugaliensJun. 10, 13 3:28 PM

If we can't find a cure how about Dr Kevorikan approach to saving millions of famlies?

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sausageJun. 10, 13 6:01 PM

Sequestration is an attempt at a cure for our very sick economy and money spending addiction. Every time it is mentioned, there is an attempt to make it look bad by showing cuts to a favorite program or fund. The moneys are inconsequential to what will happen if we do not reign in the spending. So what will be next to expose? Little suzy's doll house fund? Oh! those bad people who want to take that away. If there is a cure for a disease, it will be found with or without money from Washington and the taxpayer.

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lechevalier5Jun. 10, 13 7:42 PM

We can pay 1.3 billion dollars to a security company to monitor every cell phone call in america in hopes of catching one or two terrorists but we cut spending on Alzheimer's research that affects millions. Says a lot about why this country is failing.

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patasticJun. 11, 13 9:35 AM

This article makes no sense..."Alzheimer’s research, pre-sequestration, was slated for a healthy increase this year. By moving a few discretionary funds, the NIH has avoided cutbacks. Still, the funding falls dramatically short of the promise."---So, sequestration hasn't stopped or even cut funding for alzheimers.

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circleoflifeJun. 11, 1311:49 AM

This is a perfect example of what happens when we become so utterly dependant on the government. Get out there a stump for cash!! While I want to see a cure for this and all of the other horrible diseases, we would be seeing an article requesting donations versus what the government won't hand over.

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