Saving diabetics’ lives

 

There are hundreds of pending pieces of federal legislation with billion dollar price tags. Now consider a bill, recently introduced in both houses of Congress, which has a price tag of $0, can save hundreds of millions of dollars, with the potential to save countless lives while improving the health of millions.

The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act, HR 1074/S 539, spearheaded by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, consolidates the focus of the 30-plus federal agencies that administer diabetes programs independently with little coordination or communication.

If even half of the people with pre-diabetes develop the disease fully, it would bankrupt the national health system, with devastating effects on our country’s overall health. Unfortunately, that is the path we are on.

This bill costs nothing, saves tax dollars and, most important, can save lives. It’s a bill that we should all get behind. To learn more visit www.aace.com/article/220. To contact your congressional representatives, visit votervoice.net/AACE/Home.

Jeffrey Mechanick, president, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Jacksonville

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