CFP: President Trump has been pushing for “Right to Try” legislation almost since his campaign began. The idea is that terminally ill patients, who’ve decided they have nothing to lose, should have the right to try experimental procedures and medication that may not be ready for mass implementation. Everyone understands that there are very real risks involved with this course of action but, if you’ve exhausted all other options, you may be ready for one last desperation play.
…Except currently, FDA restrictions won’t let you.
So, the President and Mike Pence made easing those regulations a centerpiece of their White House run. Trump even reiterated his support during his first State of the Union address. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has pounded a stake through the idea.
On March 13th, they killed a bill that would have done precisely why the President and VP wanted.
In a surprising rebuff to President Trump and Republican leaders, the House derailed a bill on Tuesday that would have given patients with terminal illnesses a right to try unproven experimental treatments.
The bill was considered under special fast-track procedures that required a two-thirds majority for passage, and it fell short. When the roll was called, 259 House members supported the bill, and 140 opposed it.
You can bet “sticking it” to Trump and Pence played a role here, but there’s a bigger issue at work. The majority of the opposition came from Democrats, who said the legislation would – get this – “endanger people dying of incurable diseases.” Wait. That can’t be right, can it? more here