The ’21st Century Cures Act’ Just Created the Ministry of Cancer

-by Dylan Charles

It appears the U.S. government is officially declaring war on cancer by launching a major bureaucratic initiative aimed at sending cancer research to the moon.

In a moment of suspiciously bi-partisan cooperation, both sides of the political aisle of the 114th United States Congress came together to pass House Resolution (H.R.) 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, which pledges a ton of taxpayer money to a broad range of disease and public health research programs, drug maker incentives, deregulation, and more.

“The 21st Century Cures Act has been two years in the making and it was one of the most heavily lobbied pieces of legislation in recent history. It pays for cancer research, pays to fight the epidemic of opioid abuse, funds mental health treatment, helps the Food and Drug Administration to speed up drug approvals and pushes better use of technology in medicine.” [Source]

The New York Times calls this bill a ‘Sweeping Health Measure,’ as it is the most significant piece of health related legislation since Obamacare. The L.A. Times calls it, ‘a huge handout to the drug industry disguised as a pro-research bounty. NBC News calls it, ‘one of the most heavily lobbied pieces of legislation in recent history,’ and PBS has declared it a big win for drug companies, medical device manufacturers, and the National Institutes of Health.