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Sequestration Cuts Will Devastate the National Institutes of Health

Posted on the 08 March 2013 by Calvinthedog

I got this from the Scripps Institute.

Supporters of the cuts (Republicans) say that the cuts will effect almost no one, and that we are only cutting things 2% anyway. If programs were only being cut 2%, no one would be complaining!

I know people on Section 8 housing. They are also on Social Security, SSI and Medicaid. There are a lot of White people who use programs like that. A lot! Their rates just went up 15%. Their rent isn’t even really affordable anyway. What most people don’t realize is that most people on Section 8 can’t even afford the measly rent that they have to pay.

And that’s before Sequestration cuts and the Ryan Budget and all of that. It’s obvious that a lot of these folks are not going to be able to survive anymore. They won’t be able to afford their rent anymore, their medical care will be dramatically reduced or eliminated and their social security will be badly cut. A lot of people are going to be hurt, get injured, get sick, go homeless and die. A lot of people are going to die. These cuts are going to kill people. And I cannot support that.

You may have heard that the 2013 budget sequestration will result in deep cuts across many government programs. Among those is the National Institutes of Health, which will lose $1.6 billion that would normally fund research on cancer, aging, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and more.

TSRI Associate Professor Laura Niedernhofer believes her team will one day find a drug to decrease the impact of old age, but her research is now in jeopardy. “This line of research will be stopped… and this is not just my case, there are hundreds of other scientists in the exact same boat.”

Scientists need your support now more than ever to keep their vital research going.


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