Drop dead, America: Trump’s billion-dollar budget cuts to medical research and disease prevention

[ Originally published on this site as post ]

The Trump administration’s proposed budget isn’t just unconscionable for how inhumane it is, it’s a sweeping effort to hamstring science, setting back lifesaving advances in both medical research and treatment that will inevitably make our nation sicker and result in unneeded deaths.

Here’s a brief look at the chopping block:

  • National Institutes of Health—$6 billion cut
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—a 17 percent cut of $1.3 billion
  • Food and Drug Administration—a 31 percent cut, from $2.7 billion to $1.89 billion (supposedly offset by increased fees from drug and device makers)
  • Planned Parenthood—barred from Medicaid funding or any other Health and Human Services program
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—at least a 20 percent cut over the next two fiscal years, as a part of overall cuts in Medicaid funding

The CDC director had some immediate thoughts to share about the budget:

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The cuts would negatively impact everything from the National Cancer Institute to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to NASA. The Washington Post reports:

The National Science Foundation, which dispenses grants to a variety of scientific research endeavors, would be trimmed $776 million, an 11 percent cut. NSF had not been mentioned in the administration’s earlier budget outline, the so-called “skinny budget,” which was released in March. […]