Saturday, December 16, 2006

Newt Gingrich On Alzheimer's Disease

In the December 11, 2006 issue of BusinessWeek, Newt Gingrich writes an op-ed on Alzheimer's disease. It is co-written with Robert Egge who is a project director at the Center for Health Transformation — an organization founded by the former House Speaker. They make a moral and financial case that the government should increase funding for Alzheimer's research. Any time Newt comes out in favor of increased government spending, it is a subject worthy of further examination!

"For every dollar the government spends to treat the impact of Alzheimer's, it devotes less than a penny toward finding a cure."
A cure would not only improve the lives of millions of Americans, particularly baby boomers approaching retirement age, but it would be fiscally prudent as well. A 40% reduction in disease prevalence would yield annual savings of roughly $515 billion!

Let's not be penny wise and pound foolish. Let's fund the necessary agencies to find a cure.

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