Why is everyone looking at the one word he said in that paragraph and not what he was really talking about. He was talking about products not cures! This whole section was about energy (read the last line). The president did not say he would do anything. He said now is the time and now is not the time. He did not say let’s increase the NIH budget and include it in the affordable care act at double it’s current level and increase Alzheimer’s research dollars to $6 billion annually.
When he referenced Alzheimer’s; he was not talking about specific research on Alzheimer’s, but was talking about general research on the human genome.
“If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned 140 to our economy. Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s; developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs; devising new material to make batteries ten times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. And today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy.”