Statement by the President on Senate Passage of H.R. 34, the
We are now one step closer to ending cancer as we know it, unlocking cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s, and helping people seeking treatment for opioid addiction finally get the help they need. The bipartisan passage of the 21st Century Cures Act is an example of the progress we can make when people from both parties work together to improve the health of our families, friends and neighbors.
The Cures Act makes important investments that will save lives. First, for the families and communities that have lost too many loved ones to the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic, it invests the $1 billion I requested in my budget to address this crisis. Second, the bill answers the Vice President’s call for a Moonshot in cancer research by investing $1.8 billion in new resources to accelerate discoveries. Third, it invests nearly $3 billion to build upon the major biomedical research initiatives we have launched in my Administration – known as the BRAIN and Precision Medicine Initiatives – which are tackling diseases like Alzheimer’s and creating new research models to find cures and better target treatments. Fourth, the Cures Act takes important steps to improve mental health, including building on the work of my Administration’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force. And fifth, the legislation advances the progress we’ve made in improving the Food and Drug Administration’s drug development process by, for example, making sure patients’ voices are part of those decisions.
“My mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 53, and in those last painful months she was more worried about paying medical bills than getting well. For millions of Americans, my mother’s story is all too familiar. That is why we need health-care reform that guarantees affordable coverage for every American who wants it and prevents insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most. Earlier this year, I announced an additional $6 billion investment for cancer research as part of a long-term strategy to combat the disease, and the recovery package includes a two-year infusion of $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which funds cancer research. We know this fight will not be easy, but we have gone far too long without necessary reforms of our health-care system.
Now is the time to commit ourselves to waging a war against cancer as aggressive as the war cancer wages against us.” —Barack Obama
- Suicide Prevention | The White House
- National Institute of Mental Health
- BRAIN Initiative
- Precision Medicine Initiative
- Mental Health & Substance Abuse Report
- The Opioid Epidemic
- 2/5/15 FACT SHEET: Administration Proposes Critical Investments to Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse, Heroin Use, and Overdose Deaths
- The Cancer Moonshot
- 1/13/16 President Obama Announces New “MoonShot” Led By Vice President Biden
- 12/3/16 President Barack Obama Weekly Address: Pass the 21st Century Cures Act
- 12/13/16 Remarks by the President and the Vice President at the 21st Century Cures Act Bill Signing
- 12/13/16 Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 34
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
President Obama signs The 21st Century Cures Act