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house Bill H.R. 6615

Should Federal Research on Traumatic Brain Injuries Be Reauthorized?

Argument in favor

Traumatic brain injuries affect 2.5 million high school students every year, in addition to elderly patients and athletes in contact sports. These injuries can have significant consequences, including death. Federal funding for both prevention and research are needed in this case.

KyleCorley's Opinion
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12/19/2018
Being a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) survivor funding for the research needs to be reauthorized. Other than hits to the head in contact sports car accidents are the most way in getting a TBI. It can change your life in a second and not for the better as you have to relearn everything from using the bathroom, to waking, to if lucky to diving again. Not to mention you have to work yourself back from the ground level of you work again. You have to start working maybe 15 to 20 hours a week because you can't just jump right back into full time work. You will also have a hard time finding a job as employers are not into hiring people with disabilities as you have to say you have one having a TBI. You run into another issue finding good healthcare as you now have a pre-existing condition with the current definition.
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12/19/2018
Absolutely we should allow federal research on trauma brain injuries
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Pfergmomma's Opinion
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12/18/2018
Parents are allowing their kids to get involved with sports which can cause concussions at earlier and earlier ages. We need to be adequately informed of the short- -and long-term risks.
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Argument opposed

General taxpayer money shouldn’t be used to fund traumatic brain injury research. Instead, NFL games should be subject to a $1 excise tax per ticket, so those who support one of the main causes of traumatic brain injuries contribute to these injuries’ research and prevention.

Tooluser1's Opinion
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12/18/2018
Private research will be faster, cheaper, and produce FAR better health outcomes.
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Doug's Opinion
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12/11/2018
If we know certain sports are the leading cause of these injuries, why are we studying the effects instead of banning the sports? It’s like saying smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages cause cancer and not regulating tobacco or alcohol.
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Diane's Opinion
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12/20/2018
This is an NFL problem. Make them use their billions to pay for it. and they need to pay taxes to states who build stadiums against the will of taxpayers.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 19th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 352 Yea / 6 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedJuly 26th, 2018

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    Being a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) survivor funding for the research needs to be reauthorized. Other than hits to the head in contact sports car accidents are the most way in getting a TBI. It can change your life in a second and not for the better as you have to relearn everything from using the bathroom, to waking, to if lucky to diving again. Not to mention you have to work yourself back from the ground level of you work again. You have to start working maybe 15 to 20 hours a week because you can't just jump right back into full time work. You will also have a hard time finding a job as employers are not into hiring people with disabilities as you have to say you have one having a TBI. You run into another issue finding good healthcare as you now have a pre-existing condition with the current definition.
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    Private research will be faster, cheaper, and produce FAR better health outcomes.
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    Absolutely we should allow federal research on trauma brain injuries
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    Parents are allowing their kids to get involved with sports which can cause concussions at earlier and earlier ages. We need to be adequately informed of the short- -and long-term risks.
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    Why is this even a question?
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    This is important research. Vote yes.
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    Of course! This is a no-brainer (sorry). To the person who said that private research is better and faster, you need to understand that the government funds much of the ‘private’ research. So if the funding is not reauthorized, many privately run projects would have to stop or cut back significantly. This research is so important. As we baby boomers continue to age, the need for treatment will increase dramatically.
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    Trump could use !
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    No brainer😂
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    If we know certain sports are the leading cause of these injuries, why are we studying the effects instead of banning the sports? It’s like saying smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages cause cancer and not regulating tobacco or alcohol.
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    H.R. 6615 AKA the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act I recommend and support passage of HOUSE bill H.R.6615 AKA the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 — would reauthorize a national concussion surveillance system to determine concussions’ prevalence and incidence. This surveillance system would act under the authority of the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), providing $5 million in funds to carry out the national concussion surveillance system. Traumatic brain injuries affect 2.5 million high school students every year, in addition to elderly patients and athletes in contact sports. These injuries can have significant consequences, including death. Federal funding for both prevention and research are needed in this case with supplemental support from a $1 excise tax per NFL Ticket 🎫 being a major contributor to brain 🧠 contact injuries research. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*18*18.......
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    Why are there reauthorizations needed for any of these kinds of bills ??! Traumatic brain injury like research on other medical issues should be an ongoing project, not on a hanging thread. We can’t quit in the middle.
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    This is an NFL problem. Make them use their billions to pay for it. and they need to pay taxes to states who build stadiums against the will of taxpayers.
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    Traumatic brain injuries are not only the result of sports. Many injured soldiers come home with a traumatic brain injury. It's a national problem, we should use national money to fix it.
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    The US government used to be involved in medical research until it was deemed as taking profits away from private research. Then grants were given to private research who then turn around and charge outrageous prices for treatments the government helped pay to develop. This seems to be simply an information gathering project to be shared by all. A slight improvement over current grants.
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    Yes indeed, we need to see what we can do to prevent more injuries. It could prevent future disabilities for many people. Let's get on top of this
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    Keep the government out of this with the exception of Health Department. Allow private sources to research the head injuries related to sports. If you get the government into it people can be bought off so foot ball agencies won’t have to pay for head injuries. And people who allow young children to engage in contact sports should have their head examined.
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    Nearly everyone is referring to football injuries but aren't TBI's also sustained by people in the military? That's enough justification for me and if it also helps professional football players that's okay too.
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    No. Fund the wall.
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    I agree with Robert 'S Opinion; start with Trump. Yes, research on traumatic brain injury is definitely needed.
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