Ohio Lawmakers Pushing For More Funding To Fight Major Diseases

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Finding cures for major diseases is something one lawmakers at the Statehouse wants to see more of as he introduces a new bill for funding. 

Cures for cancer, diabetes, depression and other widely-diagnoses diseases. That's what State Rep Jim Butler, (R-Dayton), says is likely to happen if Ohio joins other states in a compact. That's why he wants the government to sweeten the pot for every researcher and venture capitalist to dig in.

"I don't think we're close to a cure in any of the major diseases out there, depression, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimers, cancer," Butler says, outlining the areas he like to see researchers focus.

He says his idea would save billions in health care costs in the long run, and provide prize money while placing the patents on those specific new drugs in the public domain.

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