Medical research funding bill flying through Congress

Dan Gorenstein Dec 6, 2016
HTML EMBED:
COPY
A view of the University of California, San Francisco's Comprehensive Cancer Center. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Medical research funding bill flying through Congress

Dan Gorenstein Dec 6, 2016
A view of the University of California, San Francisco's Comprehensive Cancer Center. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

A measure to fund billions of dollars in medical aid and research moves to the Senate this week, after flying through the House last week. It pours billions of dollars into the so-called “Cancer Moonshot,” funding to combat the opioid addiction crisis, and many other areas of critical biomedical research.

And while it is enjoying a rare moment of broad bipartisan support, some critics warn that parts of the bill give pharmaceutical and medical device companies a sweetheart deal. 

Click the above audio player to hear the full story. 

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.