Supporters tout the legislation as a way to fundamentally change the way diseases are treated in this country, but its critics are less than impressed.
Politico Pro: Rhetoric Vs. Reality: The Hype Of 21st Century Cures
In a rare display of bipartisanship, a nearly 1,000 page, $6.3 billion medical research bill passed Congress this week. To hear lawmakers talk, the cure for hundreds of diseases are just around the corner. “Right now, there are 10,000 known diseases. We only have treatments for 500 of them. Cures will close that gap,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the 21st Century Cures Act on the House floor. “It will fundamentally transform the way that we treat and cure diseases in this country,” he added at a press conference on the bill. (Karlin-Smith, 12/9)