(The New York Times) — “If you can’t provide the best possible care for people today, and CHIP is an essential part of that for millions of children,” Dr. Porteus [a pediatrician and stem cell biologist at Stanford University] said, “you’ll be in a poor position to provide advanced care to people in the future.”


WASHINGTON — They cannot agree on subsidies for low-income people under the Affordable Care Act or even how to extend funding for the broadly popular Children’s Health Insurance Program — two issues requiring urgent attention as Congress returns to work.

But a more exotic corner of the medical world has drawn rapturous agreement among Republicans and Democrats: the development of new treatments and cures through taxpayer-funded biomedical research.

For the third straight year, lawmakers are planning to increase the budget of the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion. In the process, they have summarily rejected cuts proposed by President Trump.

Click to continue reading. By ROBERT PEAR, Jan 6, 2018.

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