Congress voted against funding a cure for cancer just to block a win for Biden

The GOP likes to call itself “pro–life.”. Again we’re treated to a “Republican” definition of pro-life as having some rather lethal fine print. President Biden’s oldest son Beau died of cancer in 2015 at age 46.

USA Today quotes the oncologist writing the story; “Cancer affects everyone in some way, shape or form. Whether personally or through a family member or friend, the stress and heartbreak of a cancer diagnosis is immeasurable. Which is why I was so surprised when I read that Congress would not be renewing investments in the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative dedicated to curing cancer. — Dr. Thomas K. Lew, Stanford School of Medicine

While there are many different forms of cancer and likely as many different research endeavors to treat them, the Moonshot program was the largest, organized effort by the U.S. government to find cures. Formed in 2016 by then-Vice President Joe Biden, after his own son was killed by brain cancer, the program has enjoyed bipartisan support and praise.

Beau Biden’s Funeral. He died of brain cancer in May of 2015.

Initially funded in 2016 at $1.8 billion for seven years, with the aim to reduce cancer deaths by half by 2047, the program has made strides in expanding access to cancer detection screenings, especially to veterans, increased support for programs aimed at preventing cancer in the first place and provided funding to groundbreaking cancer cure research

Even though this would be a win for all Americans – and humanity – it apparently did not outweigh the politics of making a Democrat look good. This is the definition of party over country.

Republicans have stated budget cuts need to be made with an ever-growing debt. But where was this attitude when tax cuts for the wealthy were on the table in 2017? They don’t have to look at patients in the eye and break the devastating news that they have cancer.

More of Dr. Lew’s opinion piece located here USA TODAY-Opinion