Long term and post-acute care community members took to
Twitter last night to share some thoughts on President Obama’s final State of
the Union address.
One particular sound bite from the president’s swan song drew
their attention: a major initiative to cure cancer.
“We can do so much more, and last year Vice President Biden
said that with a new moonshot America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked
with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health
[NIH] the strongest resources that they’ve had in over a decade,” said Obama,
whose mother battled ovarian cancer, and tapped Biden, whose son Beau recently
died from brain cancer, to lead the effort. “I’m putting Joe in charge of
mission control. … Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and
The War on Cancer initiative has been ongoing for 45 years. President
Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971, which gave more funding to the
National Cancer Institute (NCI). President Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus
package included $10 billion for NIH, the majority of which went to NCI. This
year’s budget allocation of $32.1 billion boosted NIH’s coffers, returning what
has been a 13-year flat funding of the agency back to its 2003 levels.
Many on this social media platform applauded the administration’s
efforts in increasing research funding:
However, the Twitterati would have also liked a shout out to
curing Alzheimer’s disease:
They also noted that further attention should be given to
the needs of caregivers:
Hospice and palliative medicine followers formed their own
hashtag #hpmsotu to follow and comment on the speech:
The top tweet of the night to come from the Twitterverse called
upon the adage that “actions speak louder than words”:
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