Arthritis and the Economic Stimulus Bill

Arthritis and the Economic Stimulus Bill

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Whenever I receive an update or an alert from the Arthritis or Lupus foundations, I pass it on here.  This evening I was checking my email and saw this from yesterday.  I was talking to my husband about what’s going on right now with the Senate yanking the 5.8 billion Prevention and Wellness Fund from it’s bill, and he told me that pulling for money (hoping/praying) to fund arthritis research isn’t what the economic stimulus is all about.  Not his exact words, (he’s asleep now and I want to wake him up and ask him what he said again)  Basically he’s saying that although it’s a great thing, putting money towards arthritis research isn’t going to positively help the economy short term and that’s what the stimulus package is all about.  Long term for sure, but as for helping out now, nuh uh.  And I say as an arthritis sufferer, I DON’T CARE.  Is that wrong?  Should I care that the money that will go towards research isn’t really what the economic stimulus package is really all about?  That’s one man’s opinion anyway, what do you think?


From the Arthritis Foundation:

Urge Congress to Fund Arthritis Research and Prevention!   
Take Action!

Action is Needed Now

On Tuesday, the Senate passed an $838 billion economic stimulus bill.  The House passed its own $819 billion version of the bill on Jan. 28.   House and Senate negotiators will meet quickly to resolve differences in the wide-ranging package of spending and tax cuts (HR 1). Congress wants to pass a final bill in both chambers and send it to President Obama before leaving for a scheduled week long recess at the end of the week.

Arthritis Prevention:  The Senate removed entirely a $5.8 billion Prevention and Wellness Fund provision from its bill.  The House of Representatives included $3 billion in public health funding in its version of the bill.  The Arthritis Foundation urges Congress to include this important House provision to fund potential arthritis programs in the stimulus bill.   Investing in arthritis prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in states across America, is not only an investment to help stimulate the economy, but also an investment in a healthier America.  Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States.  Investing in prevention has a proven return. For every $1 invested in community level prevention, there is a savings of over $5 dollars in public and private health care expenditures within just 5 years. Support for the CDC and evidence based state and private programs to combat arthritis will help reduce disability, pain and health care costs for the millions of Americans with arthritis.

Arthritis Research:  As we alerted you last week, the Senate did include $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health.  However, no such provision exists in the House bill.  The Arthritis Foundation urges Congress to retain this Senate passed critical funding for our nation’s biomedical research enterprise.  In 2007, every $1 million that the public invested in NIH generated $2.21 million in new business activity across the nation.  Within weeks, funding for high-quality

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, peer reviewed arthritis research projects could be allocated nationwide, stimulating local economies through salaries and purchase of equipment, laboratory supplies, and vendor services.

Please contact your Members of Congress NOW about arthritis research and prevention funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Here’s an article on the subject if you’d like to check it out.  Until next time



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9 thoughts on “Arthritis and the Economic Stimulus Bill

  1. Hey Will,
    I’m sorry I missed this comment..dunno what happened. How rude of me! I have heard good things about that book also, I’m going to have to pick it up. Now I have an excuse to go to the bookstore, weehooo! I love bookstores, I am such a bookworm.

    It’s interesting that cancer research is that much more than for autoimmune diseases, but not surprising. Most people don’t know much about them, or that there are 80-100 diff autoimmune diseases and 40 more that have an autoimmune basis. Also, the numbers, according to the National Institute of Health it’s estimated that around 23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disease whereas cancer affects up to 9 million. So if the cancer budget for research is about 5 BILLION and the AD budget is 500 MILLION, how does that make any sense?? Oh man, we need some changes.
    take care and be well Will,

  2. Hi .
    I’ve been suffering with reumatoid artritis for the last 25 years , a while ago i read a book called “the Autoimune Explosion” one thing that struck me in this book that i highly recommend to read was that the budget for cancer research was about 5 billion for all the autoimune deseases it was 500 million so some extra funds for research is desperately needed.

  3. I found your topic “Life in the Autoimmune Lane » Arthritis and the Economic Stimulus Bill” when i was searching for critical illness uk and it is really intresting for me. If its OK for you i would like to translate your topic and post it on my german blog about critical illness uk. I link back to your topic of course!

  4. Hi there …

    I am hoping you can help me rally all the “lupus troops.”

    March 3, 2009 is the Lupus Foundation of America’s 11th Annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Even if you cannot physically join us on Tuesday, there are still several things you – and your family and friends – can do to help raise awareness about the seriousness of lupus.

    To learn all the easy things you can do from the comfort of your home, please go to

    To take it a step further, if you’re willing to do so, I’d really appreciate it you would consider posting this information (what you find at the link to my blog) on your blog, and letting all your friends and family know how important this is to the lupus community.

    If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

    Thanks for your help.

    All the best, Wick

  5. Hey Lana,
    I’m a baaad Twitter Mom!!! All kidding aside, I’ve been so ill and so down, I’ve hardly picked up the laptop in weeks. And I can’t believe I was featured and I wasn’t writing!!! How embarrassing for you kiddo, sorry bout that.
    I’m coming back, slowly but surely, so you’ll see me around a little bit over at MLwRA group.
    I agree with you on focusing on the cure. I don’t think we’ll see it in my lifetime, but I’m hoping for my granddaughter’s.
    take care and be well, see you soon at TM

  6. Hey! You are back blogging! You were missed! I had your blog featured for a couple of weeks at Twitters Moms in the Moms Living With RA group.

    Anyway, as for a arthritis prevention, I really hope the investment towards research is worth it. I am also not sure if prevention is the way to go, but maybe better methods for treatment. There is not enough information out there to focus on prevention but there is enough to focus on a cure especially as to how arthiritis affects or is a result of autoimmune conditions.

    Well, with that said, let’s see where this goes.

  7. I can’t honestly pretend to understand a) arthritis, although I have it b) American politics, as I’m a U.K. gal and relatively apolitical, but no, I don’t quite get the logic of giving everyone buying a new house $15,000 or whatever it is to boost the economy, paid for presumably by tax payers (and by removing arthritis research funding of course), considering it was giving people free money (or ostensibly loaning them, but surely knowing they’d never pay it back) that got us all into this mess in the first place! Grrrr…

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