I got a bit distracted by last night's Presidential debate. It was a hot mess if ever I've seen one.
Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, please be aware that who is elected can have a direct impact on the funding of and research for a treatment for a disease. It doesn't matter if the disease is prostate cancer or Alzheimer's.
The President sets the budget for Congress. It, of course, gets modified by Congress. If the President has concern about the health of the populace or a desire to help find a prevention or cure, the President can include a line item in the budget.
The President signs into law bills which provide additional funding such as the $122 Million increase in funding for Alzheimer's research which was passed in 2014. The President may also issue executive orders such as the one in 2009 to support ethical embryonic stem cell research.
The President also appoints a number of science and health related positions. As a result of the appointments, the President's appointees have direct impact upon how programs are implemented, how funds are used. For example, the President appoints the Director of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH, in turn, then provides substantial funding to research programs at a number of universities and other institutions around the country which are trying to find a cure to any number of diseases, Alzheimer's included.
As you consider for whom you will vote, consider where the candidates are on issues. Look beyond appearances and the attacks on other candidates and consider their positions on the issues.
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