Proposal for 12/29: Medical Research

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Proposer: Alvin Steinberg
The Assembly should vote whether  we should demand that the Federal Government spend at least as much money for medical research as they spend for military research. We will put pressure on the news media, including radio and television commentators to report on this topic. Non have so far. That will include personal communication and direct action, if necessary.
Background Information
Two trillion six hundred billion dollars is presently spent yearly in the United States for health care. That amounts to about $8700  for every man woman and child. For a family of four it costs $32,800. That is more money than tens of millions of families earn in a year, especially after taxes.
The cost will go up to 25% of the Gross Domestic Product by 2025 according to the Congressional Budget office. That is only 14 years from now. This will bring the cost of medical care to over $50,000 for a family of four. That’s crazy but unfortunately true.
The remedy many give is to ration care for all.  Our solution should be to find cures for the illnesses so that we don’t need so much medical care. That can only be done with increased medical research. Our scientists and engineers are exceptional. If we fund them appropriately they will find cures and preventions. It will help us and be our gift to the world.
Military research costs fifty billion dollars yearly more than the government spends for medical research. Shame on them. We should demand that government expenditures for medical research at least equal military research and hopefully exceed it. Over a ten year period the government spent hundreds of billions of dollars more for military research then they spent for medical research.
The cost of health care is making us uncompetitive in the international trade market and usurping our wealth in the United States. It is killing our job creating ability. But most important we will have a healthier nation and have a healthier world.
The high cost of health care will also make inequality of health care as poorer people won’t be able to afford top medical care. Only medical research can help solve this problem. Politicians and the press talk about health care but not medical research. We should encourage this to stop by informing the public with public relations and demonstrations.
The demonstrations should be aimed both at politicians and the press.
No matter how much health care the American people get with the present technology there will still be large numbers of deaths yearly. That is because the state of the art isn’t capable of saving the lives of large numbers of Americans. We need more progress.
The statistics listed below are heartbreaking. Most of the dead got good medical care but it wasn’t adequate. Even billionairs aren’t exempt from the ravages of untreatable medical conditions that kill almost everybody. Warren Buffet’s wife died of breast cancer. He couldn’t save her with vast medical expenditures. Steve Jobs also died of cancer and his vast expenditures to save himself were useless. There are large numbers of other wealthy people  who have the same experience. We still have a long way to go to improve medical care.
The statistics listed below are only for the “major illnesses”. Large numbers of people die of other disabilities. In addition large numbers of people are blind, paralyzed are in excruciating pain and have other disabilities that medical care can’t presently cure. They need help. Research is the only possibility of helping them..
Every six months more Americans die of what Doctors cannot cure in our country than died in all the wars of the twentieth century and twenty first centuries. Why doesn’t any organization speak out about this?
I hope that the Occupy Movement will be the voice for health research. Surveys have shown that the majority of Americans believes that we should spend more for health research. If we take this on as a major cause the general public will give us more credibility and be more likely to accept the other things that we believe in.
The remedy many give is to ration care for all.  Our solution should be to find cures for the illnesses so that we don’t need so much medical care. That can only be done with increased research. Our scientists and engineers are exceptional. If we fund them appropriately they will find cures and preventions. It will help us and be our gift to the world.
The statistics listed below are heartbreaking. Most of the dead got good medical care but it wasn’t adequate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention the following were the eight major killers of Americans yearly.
Heart Diseases: 616,067
Cancer: 562,875
Stroke: 135, 875
Chronic lower respiratory disease: 127,924
Diabetes: 71,632
Influenza and Pneumonia: 52,717
Nephritis, Nephritic syndrome and nephrosis: 46, 448
Septicemia: 34,828
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1,679,332 Deaths
Every two days 9,203 people die of major illnesses. (we are not counting the “minor” illnesses.) That is 2, 923 more Americans than died in combat in nine years in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. In one year 1,679,632 died of the above diseases. In five years 8,398,160 people are presently scheduled to die. In twenty years about 33,398,160 Americans are expected to die of the above diseases.
American deaths from some recent wars are as follows. World War One – 116,708. World War Two – 407,316, Korean War – 58,169, Iraq War – 4,477 and the Afghanistan War – 1,803. The soldiers that died and serve are patriots and should receive the highest honors.
 Every six months more Americans die of what Doctors cannot cure in our country than died in the 23 years of wars of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. It is morally imperative for Occupy Wall Street to embrace this project.

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