While speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Rep. and former presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sounded almost like a Democrat (or at least a heal the sick sort of Christian) for nearly a minute and 20 seconds. During the speech, Bachmann addressed the very real and growing problem of Alzheimer’s, a disease which she said could be cured within 10 years.
We have another disease, though, that’s hurting us today. It’s called Alzheimer’s. Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and we’re learning that that number’s expected to triple in the next 40 years.
The cost to deal with Alzheimer’s today is about $172 billion. The cost in 40 years, cumulatively to take care of Alzheimer’s, is projected to be $20 trillion. That’s a figure that’s greater than our entire national debt today – and by the way, there is no known treatment for Alzheimer’s on the horizon.
So, all of that $20 trillion will be spent on care because it’s a humanitarian necessity. We must take care of people, but a smarter strategy would be to develop a cure, that’s caring! Scientists tell us that we could have a cure in 10 years for Alzheimer’s if we’d only put our mind to it.
So why aren’t we seeking to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s or diabetes…juvenile diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease. How did we possibly get to this point of political malpractice? Because our government, proclaiming to care so much, has created a cadre of overzealous regulators, excessive taxation and greedy litigators. That’s not caring! It’s time we cared.
Here’s the video from Right Wing Watch:
It’s difficult to disagree with most of that snippet of Bachmann’s speech. Alzheimer’s is a serious and devastating problem and one for which we should be striving to find a cure. Her facts were correct. During the next 40 years, Alzheimer’s care is expected to reach $20 trillion.