As a constituent and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I urge you to oppose any cuts to cancer research or Medicaid coverage in the debt ceiling proposal.
It is estimated that more than 1.9 million people in the U.S. will hear the words, "you have cancer" and more than 609,000 will die from the disease this year. As Congress and the President consider ways to address the looming debt limit, our nation's progress against cancer should not be up for negotiation.
Any deal that leads to cuts to cancer research risks cuts to vital cancer prevention, screening, diagnostics, treatments, and cures. Cuts to the National Institutes of Health would slow progress in efforts to find effective treatments for diseases like cancer.
Additionally, access to health insurance through Medicaid should be expanded, not restricted. Access to Medicaid ensures Americans with lower incomes can get screenings to detect cancer earlier when it is less costly to treat and the outcomes are better. Medicaid expansion has resulted in increased cancer survival, historically low uninsurance rates, and reduced health disparities.
Work requirements are problematic for people with cancer and cancer survivors. Cancer treatment often comes with side effects, some of which can be serious or debilitating, that make working temporarily difficult. Work requirements don't increase employment or support a healthy workforce. Instead, work requirements create a huge paperwork and reporting burden that costs the states and leaves people without lifesaving health care.
Please oppose any debt ceiling proposal that cuts funding for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health or make it harder to access affordable, comprehensive health insurance through Medicaid by imposing work requirements. Progress in the fight against cancer is on the line. Cuts to care and cuts to cures compromise our goal to end cancer as we know it, for everyone.
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