Obama urges congress to block congressional funding for stem cell research
A senior administration official told Politico that he is urging lawmakers to block a $100 million program to support stem cell therapies.
In his letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, Eric Schultz, deputy assistant secretary for health, nutrition and workforce development, wrote that the federal government should not “fund or support research that directly or indirectly harms the ability of millions of Americans to recover from chronic conditions, or that may result in unintended adverse health outcomes.”
Schultz noted that there have been studies on the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy in the past, but that he believed the funding was “inconsistent” with the goals of the stem cell program.
Schulz also said that stem cell programs should not be funded by Medicare, Medicaid or other government programs.
“These programs have been proven to be safe and effective for many patients,” Schultz wrote.
“They are not directed at treating a specific disease or condition, but rather are intended to provide individuals with a safe, personalized, and personalized treatment plan tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.”
This post was updated at 12:28 p.m. ET.