Monday, March 28, 2011

Profiles of Promise

“Medical care cost is reduced. And then, of course, it gives people this hope and the opportunity to enter back into the work force and become productive members of society.”
~Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA-8)

Above are excerpts from Profiles of Promise – a campaign lead by United for Medical Research that highlights Members of Congress who have distinguished themselves through advocacy for health research.

Congressman Reichert’s quote says it all. We know that investments in health research can not only reduce the cost of medical care, but enable people to live more productive lives. This message is even more salient at a time when the nation’s budget deficit is being driven by unprecedented spending for health care. Better and more cost effective treatments offer a way to bend the cost curve.

But there’s something to be said for increased productivity too. When we’re productive, we’re working and earning an income, which means we’re paying into the tax system. Tax revenue, in turn, will help governments at the local, state, and federal level that are still reeling from the down economy. These revenues will enable government to fill the funding gap with domestic dollars rather than continuing to borrow from overseas.

Without a doubt, medical research is part of the solution to today’s biggest challenges. Profiles of Promise recognizes leaders from both sides of the aisle who understand and act on this. As you look at the members profiled in the campaign, try to find your representatives and if you do find them, be sure to thank them for standing up for medical research. If you can’t find your members of Congress featured, ask yourself, why isn’t my representative here?

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