JIM TINSLEY: Benishek’s column doesn’t tell whole story

TO THE EDITOR:

My letter is in response Dan Benishek’s column, “21st Century Cures is a model for health care reform,” published in the July 28 edition of the Manistee News Advocate.

The 21st Century Cures Act is not a model for health care reform.

It may be a model for how the Congress can work in a bipartisan way. This law expedites the way the FDA approves the use of drugs. It is a long overdue revision of the procedures that the FDA has followed for years.

Federal legislation is a complex process and while Dan Benishek may be applauded for his vote in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, this piece of legislation is far from being law and much of it is still controversial.

Dr. Benishek’s simplification of the act and the process does little to help us understand how this act could really benefit all of us. The act, as it was passed by the House, is 199 pages long and is intended to speed the pace at which the FDA approves new medicines, protects the public from misleading ads, allows the sick to be involved in their own cures and much more.

Its total budgetary significance will be in the neighborhood of $3 billion. If it becomes law, it could help the young lady with the rare muscle condition as Dr. Benishek indicates. What he doesn’t say is that this section of the bill will re-enforce President Barack Obama’s already existent Precision Medicine Initiative.

He also neglects to mention that this act would change the way that FDA approves new vaccines and would encourage the development of new antibiotics another presidential focus.

In his column, Dr. Benishek also talks about his concern for patients. The 21st Century Care Act could have gone a long way to protect patients and reduce health care costs. An early version of this act encouraged the use of generic drugs by reducing new drug protections from 15 years to something more reasonable.

By eliminating this provision from the bill, Congress has guaranteed the drug company’s larger profits something that has deeply concerned the president who has threatened a veto.

If Dr. Benishek wants to take the time to inform us about the job he is doing in Washington, he could be a lot more informative and a lot less self-serving.

We can only hope that when it comes to bipartisanship, it is the people that both parties are looking out for and not the drug manufacturers.

Jim Tinsley

Manistee

One comment on “JIM TINSLEY: Benishek’s column doesn’t tell whole story

  1. avatarhydro1

    Mr. Tinsley is much to kind to Benishek. Dr, Dan is supported by the Koch Brothers. The only thing that our Congressman is interested in is at the end of the day what money is in your pocket will be in his and the Koch Brothers pockets.

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