[Video] Obama Signs Act to Fight Cancer and Opioid Epidemic

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As one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

“Like Joe, and like many of you, I believe that the United States of America should be the country that ends cancer once [and] for all,” said President Obama right before signing the bill.

The bill will provide $6.3 billion for medical research broken down as follows:

  1. $4.8 billion will go to the National Institute of Health towards initiatives such as Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, President Obama’s Brain Initiative the Precision Medicine Initiative. This is research that’s going into cancer and Alzheimer’s, diseases that touch many of us.
  2. specifically, the legislation provides $1 billion over two years to tackle the opioid epidemic, and
  3. $500 million over a 10-year period for the Food and Drug Administration to boost hiring and wages.

The White House says the legislation “will go a long way toward bringing about the medical breakthroughs we need to meet some of the biggest health challenges facing Americans today.

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“No matter what corner of the country you live in, you or someone in your life has been touched by cancer, the opioid epidemic, devastating illnesses or serious mental health issues,” said the White House.

This bill is a huge step in addressing major health disturbances that are felt all over the world. Funding science in the name of health is critical to producing research and clinching insights that will improve the quality of life for those who do become ill, and the families and social circles that are indirectly affected.

At the end of the day, we are all human, vulnerable to many variables that we may not be able to control. Shining the focus onto health and the importance of vitality is a grand gesture of the right kind of priorities.

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