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In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for America to become 'the country that cures cancer once and for all,' and announced that Vice President Joe Biden would lead the effort.
This bold, but achievable goal can be reached by breaking down regulatory barriers to innovation in testing and approving new cancer medicines; encouraging greater data sharing among doctors, hospitals, and drug companies; and ensuring that every government agency that touches on cancer research works together with industry and patient groups to achieve the end of cancer.
This is a legacy that this President, and this Congress, must embrace, and that future generations will applaud them for.
Paul Howard is a Senior Fellow and Director of Health Policy at the Manhattan Institute.