In his speech to Congress last night, President Obama left no doubt about where he stands on the urgency of healthcare reform. Conflicting ideas on how to "fix" healthcare are in play and the task will be contentious, but most people agree with him that both the health of Americans and our economy necessitate action--now.
The President stated that his budget, which we'll see on Thursday, will include the largest investment ever in disease prevention. This is encouraging news to hear that more muscle will be put behind a common sense principle: keeping people healthy will help curb healthcare spending!
This administration's commitment to invigorate cancer research is also welcomed news for all Americans, as each of us is very likely to be touched, directly or indirectly, by cancer. There is a great deal of intellectual effort and economic investment waging war against many cancers by the private and public sectors right now. To hear a commitment to finding cures from the President shows that medical innovation--from the collaboration of researchers in private industry, academia, and government--must be a cornerstone of healthcare reform.
The President's budget later this week, his healthcare summit next week...looks like the healthcare reform train is gaining steam.