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The "Obama Promise" Fulfilled: Obama Requests NIH Elevate Priority of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  1. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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  2. SilverbladeTE

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    Pardon the politics but it is important
    all indications suggest Romney may seriously push for war with Iran
    see who he's gathering, who he was talking to and what he said etc.

    So, if you do vote for him in that case PLEASE write letters to him/congressmen etc for ME research and against war, except in case of actual unwarranted attack by Iran.

    War with Iran will wreck economies because gas prices will skyrocket like nothing you've seen since the Oil Crisis in the 1970s (hope folks here cna remember it)
    Conflict with Iran will close the Straight of Hormuz, reducing grealty oil traffic.
    Speculators will then drive oil prices crazy high.
    $20+ a gallon of petrol spikes of maybe $100 if it goes bad.

    I know quite well US military capability, doesn't matter.
    Iran is not Iraq. Go talk to, read up on/listen to military analysis of such, including by US (especially naval)
    Good chance such war will bring down the entire world economy, way it is just now, at minimum it will completely undo all work to repair damage/issues since the banking mess.
    So we in ME/CFS community will be utterly screwed.
     
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  4. Old Salt

    Old Salt Rowing the boat

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    Cutting funding for medical research is evil! Regardless of the excuse.
     
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  5. Nielk

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    Why does this have to turn into a whole political rant?

    Have the Republicans been approached at all about this subject?

    Although I am very grateful to President Obama for showing his interest in ME/CFS, after more than a year and a lot of insistence from the Millers this is what the President offered:



    Have the Republicans been approached at all about this subject?

    To be fair to both parties, I would say that after the Republicans are approached about this issues, in public, on television and constantly reminded about it, for over a year and if it is right before an election I would wait to see what they do before I throw them in front of a bus.
     
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    Given the Republicans track record the much more likely occurrance is their bus running over us.
     
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    Since advocacy efforts have been going on as long as I've been sick, spanning several administrations and parties in power, I'd say everyone has been approached many times. That's why there is such a response. President Obama is the first to even acknowledge the disease or say it out loud.
     
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  9. Dreambirdie

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    YES, you can't argue with REALITY. The Republican platform is ALL ABOUT cuts to social benefit programs, and cuts to medical research for people like us.
     
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  11. Dreambirdie

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    From the above video:

    "We spend less than $6 million for NIH research on this illness and I’m asking you for my husband and my kids who want their father to be able to go to their baseball games if there’s a way to make improvements in that," Courtney Miller asked the President.

    "Based on the story that you told me what I promise to do when I get back is I will have the National Institute of Health explain to me what they’re currently doing and see if they can do more on this particular ailment," President Obama replied back in 2011.

    And that was a promise Courtney says the President kept in a letter he wrote last month.

    In the letter Obama says he found the NIH has increased research spending for CFS 31-percent.

    The President wrote he also wants to stay updated in the research of the disease.

    A small triumph for this Reno family."
     
  12. Nielk

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    I don't want to discuss Politics. All I'm saying is that we would be better served keeping this a non-partisan issue.
     
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    Let's wait and see. Promises are cheap, especially when elections are around the corner...
     
  14. Dreambirdie

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    No, I do not think we will not be better served if we pretend it is a non-partisan issue, because the truth is that it IS absolutely both a political and a partisan issue. This thread, after all, is about OBAMA'S PROMISE FULFILLED and like it or not he is a Democrat, not a Republican. If you don't want to discuss the politics involved in this, that is your prerogative, but please don't try to silence others who do.
     
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    I have so many difficulties with this statement that I don't know where to start.

    1- In what way am I silencing others with my post?
    2- It says "O'bama's promise" not the "Democrat's promise".
    Just because the President is a democrat does not mean that everything he does or works for is a singular Democrat idea. Plenty of issues are bi-partisan - which is as it should be.
    3- The President is not discussing party policy here. He is not even discussing health policy. No mention of overall health spending here.
    4- Let's look at the "pure facts" here. The President has asked the NIH to look at the allocation of spending on CFS research.
    5- I am as happy as anyone else here that he has done so. As a matter of fact, I have contributed in letter writing and petition signing toward that goal.
    6- I would be just as happy if ANY President would do so.
    7-By saying that it is a partisan issue, you are running the risk of losing it all if president Obama is not elected.
    8- I am not willing to do that.
    9- Do you really believe that the NIH will allocate funding to CFS based on which party is in office?
    10- Would you have made this statement if it was not right before an election?
     
  16. beaker

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    It seems you missed a big chunk of his letter. He did bring up health spending on research. The President also expressed it as a partisan political issue in his letter. (and sadly, I'm afraid it is true) I quote from the second to last paragraph of his letter :

    "Finally, I should also note that -- as I am sure you know - we are engaged in a debated in Washington about the appropriate level of funding for research at NIH and other important government services such as funding for education and clean energy. If the House Republican budget were to be enacted, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimates that the number of new grants from the NIH for promising research projects would shrink by more than 1,600 in 2014 and by over 16,000 over a decade, potentially curtailing or slowing research to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and CFS. I will continue of fight to cut the deficit and build a stronger economy through balanced deficit reduction that asks all Americans to shoulder their responsibility and pay their fair share of taxes, cuts spending , and invests in area critical to job creation, innovation , and growth. But you should know that this is an area of considerable disagreement between my Administration and many Republicans in Congress. "
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    my eyes are crossing a bit so I enlarged the font for easier reading/typing for me. I hope it is ok for others to read.
     
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    I'm afraid that the Republicans want to shrink the government until it's small enough to drown in a bathtub. They will cut funding for everything but the military.

    The first thing George Bush did when he got into office was sign an executive order banning federal money from being spent on stem cell research except for a very small, select number of cell lines. President Obama reversed that when he was elected.

    There are very fundamental differences.

    My personal belief that if the Republicans gain the presidency, we do risk losing it all. The fact that an election is looming makes it all the more urgent that we get the issues out in the open.

    Thank you for sharing your opinions. I know these issues are difficult for a lot of us, but they are vitally important.
     
  18. Dreambirdie

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    YES, and that is exactly why it is a political issue.

    I refer you back to Merry's post #99, on the preceeding page (my red bold):

     
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    I have not been able to be as active here as I used to be, so I'm sort of late to this discussion. I also can't read the whole thread. But I'd like to add something because here's what I see. Whoever it was who is supposed to touch bases with the NIH will simply be told that the NIH doesn't have any more money. They will be told they are doing all they can. It would help if this person could be informed that in the last 10 years the NIH budget has nearly doubled, while ME/CFS funding was reduced so much it is now at the bottom. The centers for excellence were closed, and the experts on CFS were removed from the funding review committees. And so the only reason there is no more money is because they cut ME/CFS funding despite budget increases.

    I'm willing to email this information if someone can tell me exactly who to send it to. I don't have the mental stamina to sniff this out myself. Or, feel free to take what I said and send it yourself.
     
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    I apologize for starting trouble with my post at #99.
     

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