• I’ve been avoiding this all day, but now I’m getting angry

    A friend sent me this story:

    At the NIH, Director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center for clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said.

    Do you know who goes to the NIH itself for cancer care? People for whom no other options exist. They are usually the people with the worst disease, who don’t have much hope anywhere else. They go to the NIH to get cutting edge experimental treatment.

    As Congress sits around this week playing for “optics” and trying to “win some points”, I hope they take a few minutes to consider what the parents of these kids must feel like. Just reopen the government; you can all feel free to being your bickering again then. But this is unbearable.

    @aaronecarroll

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    • If you are really angry, stop with the moral equivalence BS:

      “As Tea Partiers, enabled by their Republicans colleagues, sit around this week playing for “optics” and trying to “win some points”, I hope they take a few minutes to consider what the parents of these kids must feel like.”

      There, fixed it for you.

    • The House has given multiple bills to the Senate that would allow them to reopen many parts of government, They’ll likely pass a simple majority bill to continue funding to the NIH for these new potential patients. Existing pts are still cared for.

    • Do you get mad every normal week when the Congress decides not to expand funding enough to cover another 200 clinical trial patients (and 30! kids)? What about the next 200 or the 200 after that?

      • Actually he (and all of us) should get mad. In the richest country in the world, the mere fact that anyone is without health care, food, shelter, and decent clothing is a moral outrage. There is no way to defend that; not economically and certainly not moral. As has been pointed out before, the bottom 50 percent of Americans have 1- yes, one- percent of the nation’s wealth. Think of it this way: American wealth as a pie with 100 pieces. It is divided and the last single piece is to be divided among 50 people.

        Oh, and how many pieces did the top one percent get? That one person got around 40 pieces of pie. Some system we got, huh?

    • I hate to be the one who has to say this but no one else has:

      They go to the NIH to get cutting edge experimental treatment.

      Which seldom work.

      I do not contribute to NIH but I do help other charities. Should I stop sending to those and send the money to the NIH?

      • They may not work now. But research is how we find out if they do. And sometimes, they do work.

        Anyway, not always working is how we could describe all cancer care.