Federal funding for basic research is an essential step towards achieving medical progress for heart and stroke patients. Over the past decades, we have seen remarkable breakthroughs done at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), such as the development of pacemakers and the discovery of a clot-busting drug used to treat stroke.
However, during the last ten years, the NIH has lost more than 20% of its purchasing power. This dramatic downturn has come at a time when other countries are increasing investments in science and when the need for innovation to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease and stroke is great.
But we can change that by exercising our right to vote in November! To help voters choose candidates whose values on medical research align with their own, the American Heart Association has partnered with Research!America to launch the 2014 Ask Your Candidates! initiative – a national, non-partisan voter education program that empowers voters to be more informed about their candidates’ views on medical progress. If elected to Congress, what will your candidates do to ensure that discoveries of life-altering or live-saving treatments or cures continue? Will they support funding increases for the NIH? The answers to these questions is crucial as the nation prepares to go to the voting booth in November.
How can you get involved? Here a couple ways:
1) Visit www.askyourcandidates.org and complete an online form that will assist you in sending a message to your candidates to find out how they view the future of medical progress. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.
2) Keep an eye out on your candidates' websites, newsletters and social media pages for information about town hall meetings they are hosting in your community! If you decide to attend, go ahead and ask a question of about research. We have provided some sample questions for you to customize.
Medical research done at the NIH is crucial for the future of our country’s health and economy. Let’s see where our candidates stand on this important issue before heading to the polls in November!
My congressperson and state senators in the state of Maryland support the AHA/ASA - I written them about increase funding and research for the AHA/ASA.
I’ve looked through the email and website connected to the Ask Your Candidate message and there is need to correct a number of errors evident in the entire piece.
1. Someone needs to edit check the initial message:
As a heart disease, I am very concerned that the National Institutes of Health continues to invest only 4% of its budget in heart research, despite promising research opportunities. What will you do to secure an increase in NIH funding for heart disease, the No. 1 killer and a major cause of disability in the United States?
As a heart disease SURVIVOR, I am very concerned that the National Institutes of Health continues to invest only 4% of its budget in heart research, despite promising research opportunities. What will you do to secure an increase in NIH funding for heart disease, the No. 1 killer and a major cause of disability in the United States?
2. Why is there absolutely no message on the need to have Congress INCREASE FUNDING FOR TOBACCO CONTROL AND SMOKING CESSATION? That should be the #1 point for Congress to increase the funding for NIH. Smoking is a leading cause for both heart disease and stroke, yet you fail to include that in any of your bullet points.
3. In addition to upcoming town hall meetings for 2014 Congressional candidates, many organizations hold “Meet the Candidates” forums. That should be included in your message as well.
4. When I clicked on the link “www.askyourcandidates.org” on the Where Do Your Candidates Stand page by Mark F. and enter my zip code of 11360, the result is to indicate to me that my House Representative is Gregory Meeks, who represents the 5th Congressional District in NY. That is not accurate. My current House Representative is Steve Israel who represents the 3rd Congressional District in New York, the district that corresponds to the zip code 11360 where I reside.
Hi Phil - Thank you so much for your feedback and comments about the Ask Your Candidates campaign! I have passed your concerns to Research! America, especially about your zip code not matching your member of Congress. Thanks again!
My senator in Maryland is a supporter of the AHA/ASA - thaknk you AHA/ASA. Your information you give has helped me and many other people.
Hi Nathan! Thank you for being a great advocate!
HI - I thought I would follow-up with you on the zip code issue I commented on last month and you replied. It has been a month and I am skeptical about being associated with an organization that does not really reflect on its audience feedback. Here is the issue again that Research! America should actually do some research if they are a competent organization:
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Candidate State/District Responded
Meeks Rep Gregory W. Meeks (D) New York 05 Not Completed
FYI, zip code 11360 is represented by Rep. Steve Israel (D) New York 03
My candidates Senator B Cardin and Barbara Muluski and Rep.Chris Van Hollen do support AHA/ASA and I am an adovacte for AHA/ASA too.