UPDATE 6;50 p.m. House approves funding for NIH, 170 Democrats vote Nay.  Measure now goes to Senate.


The Atlantic ran a story yesterday about kids with cancer allegedly being turned away from National Institutes for Health clinical trials.

The story was vague on the details of whether this meant they didn’t get treatment, or merely could not sign up for the program, but that didn’t matter when it came to the PR war.

Atlantic NIH kids turned away

The meme of Republicans hurting kids with cancer generated a lot of anti-Republican media, incuding from Justin Barasky, National Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:

And David Bernstein of Boston Magazine:

What they didn’t know, or didn’t care to know, was that Republicans were planning a vote on a funding bill for NIH to be voted on today.

NIH funding bill

The official name of the Bill is the “Research for Lifesaving Cures Act”.

Obama has announced he will veto it:

Will the people who screamed at Republicans about kids with cancer now call out Obama on the issue?

Apparently not:

Update — and maybe, we’ll see:

More: Yes, Jordan Weissman did write a new post, The GOP Wants to Restore NIH Funding: Should Obama Allow It?, with this conclusion:

But this is a special case. While funding the government piecemeal is a generally bad idea, we are, in this specific instance, talking about dying men, women, and children, not to mention crucial research that could save lives. Obama has already signed a bill to specially pay for the military. Cancer patients seem no less deserving than soldiers.

Harry Reid is stammering over the issue:


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