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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, 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

Michelle

 

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