If you think you’ve set some lofty New Years Resolution goals this year, how about the one President Obama rolled out during his recent State of the Union address? The President announced an initiative to fight and cure cancer. Many are comparing this to another lofty goal set more than 50 years ago to put a man on the moon.
What cancer research and cancer medicine need right now is someone to take command and control it. In the 1960s, the NASA administrator served this function in the original moonshots. The administrator’s job was to determine how money could best and most efficiently be spent. The federal government has had an AIDS czar for more than two decades. The command-and-control approach has been very effective in reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The President’s commitment to a moonshot against cancer, led by Vice President Joe Biden, is a galvanizing call for a renewed effort to find new tools to fight cancer.
According to ABC News, Vice President Joe Biden is already making plans to “increase resources — both private and public — to fight cancer” and “break down silos and bring all the cancer fighters together” to share information and work together. In a post on Medium.com, Biden, who lost his son to brain cancer last year, wrote:
“This is our moonshot. I know that we can help solidify a genuine global commitment to end cancer as we know it today — and inspire a new generation of scientists to pursue new discoveries and the bounds of human endeavor.”
Some might view the “moonshot” pledge as a lot of Presidential sizzle without much substance. But many on the front line of the fight against cancer are thrilled. Cancer is the second leading killer of Americans, so the President’s bold resolution to “make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,” is generating a great deal of attention.
We’d love to hear what you think about this “moonshot” plan. After all, we believe in lofty resolutions…..which is why we are fighting to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!