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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Site tracks Congressional views on health and research

Wondering where your members of Congress stand on healthcare and medical research?

The not-for-profit advocacy group Research!America queried US senators and representatives last month on federal funding for research and public health, the healthcare system, stem cells and other issues.

The seven members of the all-Democratic Massachusetts delegation who responded showed almost unanimous agreement on the issues.

They support increasing budgets for the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they agree that the healthcare system needs to be completely revamped, and they want to lift restrictions on stem cell research.

Only Representative Richard Neal disagreed that the US is losing its competitive edge in science, technology and innovation, while he was on board with his colleagues urging increased investment in education and research.

Representatives Barney Frank, Edward Markey, Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch have not responded, the site says today.

The 15-question survey follows a poll of registered voters conducted last year by Research!America and funded by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. Voters surveyed said the health care system needs to change and research needs more funding from the government.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 12:15 PM
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