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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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    Having been active in an organization that was a grant recipient I must wholeheartedly ask that this be re-authorized. Sometimes research in the private sector benefits all including our veterans and vice versa. If private sector research is dropped may gains in understanding TBI may go unnoticed and not utilized by either military or private citizens which could be life changing for all. So much has been gained in this arena in the past 29 years when I first became involved. Please let’s not stop the momentum! With athletes, children and military and elders at risk most people know or have a loved one touched by TBI.
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    It's a great thing for charity or philanthropy. However, tax dollars are not given to the government for charity, they are taken from citizens by force. Therefore it is unethical to use tax dollars for charity.
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    The brain is the only body part left out of yearly physicals.
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    Absolutely! TBI’s occur as a result of many different causes. We have just scratched the surface of the damage caused by football. Car crashes, boxing, falls, fevers, various forms of head trauma occur frequently. The effects of TBI is not usually obvious, it is often subtle but can be just as disabling. Reauthorization of funding is a must.
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    Send some of that funding to the VA and make it easy for veterans to access it!
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    How is this even a question?
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    Awareness and rehabilitation are very important when it comes to a Trumatic brain injury. Increasing both factors would not only help those who are affected but also gives them a chance to live a natural and normal life. Being aware that the incident or trauma they have suffered through has a life altering effect on their health and way of being. The government funding can change the fact that patients who have had a TBI are just sent back into their lives without ever looking back.
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    Yes, Football. Boxing, dropping Babies & Car Accidents happen daily. The Scientists have been studying what happens and have learned quite a lot. Obviously more Research is needed. Compared to everything you waste money on, this is NOT a waste.
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    Organized sports for little kids could be a good thing if the parents and coaches were sane. They start treating t ball teams like the pro teams and pretty soon these kids have not learned to self govern the way older people did- on the playground. They are prevented from trying any other sports or arts or just sitting on the swing and thinking because every second is regulated for them. No wonder children are staying kids till they are 25 and 30!
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    Why can’t the sport industries do the research? Or an independent firm? The government does not need its hands in everything!
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    Why is this a government job?
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    Since a so many cases of traumatic brain injury happens in our young teens we need to do research to give these young people another chance at a normal life. Yes, a lot of these injuries are sports related, but not all of them are NFL related. Therefore we need a two prong approach to dealing with these injuries. We need to find ways to protect our young people from these injuries. We need to find ways to mitigate the damage once someone is faced with death or long term disability.
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    NFL should be paying for this!
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    DJT can benefit from this
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    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.
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    This is a national issue, fund traumatic brain injury.
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    I cannot understand why it was ever stopped!
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    This isn’t the roll of the Federal government. Fuck the wall, clean up the pacific garbage patch, write a bill that puts solar pannels on the white house, whatever. I want fundinf of the sciences, but mandates and more bureaucracy in the medical establishment? Are you kidding me?
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    Yes! My sister is going through this right now. Please continue researching!!
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    As someone who has suffered from Post-Concussion Syndrome for the last 7 years, I firmly believe that Federal funding should be used to further research Traumatic Brain Injuries. My life changed dramatically after my concussion. I have a constant headache. Imagine having a headache for seven years straight with doctors telling you there's no explanation. Please consider providing Federal funding for Traumatic Brain Injuries.
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