Policy Documents

Pediatric Research Bill: Obamacare’s Road to Rationing?

Chris Jacobs –
June 13, 2013
In this document published at Heritage, Chris Jacobs considers pending legislation before Congress. The House of Representatives will consider legislation regarding pediatric research. H.R. 1724 would require the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide a justification for any existing grants studying health economics, and would prohibit new grants until “a federal law has been enacted authorizing the National Institutes of Health to use funding specifically for health economics research. This is a mistake. The House should ensure that H.R. 1724’s proposed restrictions on health economics research remain in any NIH-related legislation that comes to the House floor. To do otherwise would provide tacit approval to Obamacare’s road to government-rationed health care.