Michele Bachmann gave a thoroughly bizarre speech at CPAC, combining the paradise lost myth (that we allegedly cared about curing diseases in the 50s, but now we don’t) with blaming government regulation, without a shred of evidence, for not curing Alzheimer’s, juvenile diabetes and cancer.
She apparently thinks that we’re not trying to cure those diseases right now, and it’s the fault of the government. And now, a word from reality: The National Institute on Aging helps coordinate scientific research on Alzheimer’s disease. And President Obama has included requests for more than $150 million more in federal funding for Alzheimer’s research in his last two budgets proposals. And the FDA has actually loosened restrictions on clinical trials for Alzheimer’s studies.
The National Cancer Institute spends about $5 billion a year on cancer research and the stimulus bill in 2009 included an additional $1.3 billion in funding. President Obama has proposed increasing this to more than $6 billion a year, but so far Congress has not approved the increase. And the federal government spends about $2 billion a year on diabetes research.