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Regardless of November election outcomes, Congress and the new administration face many health-care policy issues that will require bipartisan support and collaboration. Despite the necessity of bipartisan agreement to advance research and health care in the U.S., many political divides exist, hampering opportunities for action in the near future.
The U.S. faces falling behind as a world power in scientific research and development due to the lack of funding available for academic research. The continued funding crisis is slowly allowing other countries to outpace the U.S. in scientific and health innovations. In order for the U.S. to maintain its status at the forefront of worldwide innovation and research, U.S. policymakers must agree to increased and sustained investments in academic research endeavors.
Is it time for a new model to fund science research in higher education (The Conversation)
On Oct. 13, President Obama hosted a daylong White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh focusing on how science and technology will lay the groundwork for advances and innovations in the U.S. for decades to come. The administration provided specific examples illustrating how federal investments in research and health care are critical to the nation’s prosperity. Additionally, Obama stressed the importance of building up the U.S.’s capacity for STEM education.
White House announces precision medicine, brain research grants (The White House)
President Obama pushes innovation ‘frontiers’ in STEM (The Journal)