Bold | Bipartisan | Life-Saving
In the 21st Century, medical innovations are moving at lightning speed. But when the pace of laws and regulations don’t keep pace with these innovations, we all lose.
Enter 21st Century Cures. 21st Century Cures is a bold, bipartisan approach to medical innovations. It will save lives by safely speeding up the approval process for drugs and medical devices. And faster cures means more time with loved ones.
Spearheaded by Fred and Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, the 21st Century Cures initiative took a unique approach to legislating: listening first. For over two years the duo hosted bipartisan roundtables here in Southwest Michigan, at places like the Western Michigan University Medical School, and across the country where they heard from patients, doctors, researchers, job-creators, and stakeholders on what Congress could do to make a real difference in the lives of all Americans.
What they learned was that the current medical innovation infrastructure was too slow, too cumbersome, and too costly – ultimately costing patients and families the most. They also learned that facilitating medical breakthroughs would support job-creation and economic growth right here in Southwest Michigan.
The result of these listening sessions was the introduction of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. This bipartisan piece of legislation makes it easier to develop new treatments and cures for diseases and helps the United States maintain a competitive edge in medical innovations – and the jobs that come with those innovations.
Because of Fred’s bipartisan leadership, the 21st Century Cures Act was advanced by the House of Representatives by a 344-77 vote in July of 2015.
21st Century Cures then moved through a U.S. Senate Committee and now awaits a vote on the Senate Floor.
By prioritizing working together and listening, Fred was able to advance meaningful legislation that will improve medical innovation and make a real difference in the lives of all Americans.
You can learn more below:
Detroit Free Press: A Push for Cures we Can All Get Behind
Herald Palladium: Cures Act Proves a Big Winner
Huffington Post: Momentum to deliver 21st Century Cures gets Stronger by the Day
TIME Magazine: How to Breathe New Life into America’s Health-Care System