Unfortunately, few among us reach a certain age without having a loved one or good friend die from or deal with cancer. In Ken Burns’ film “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” (on PBS), we are told, “Cancer is a worldwide scourge. The fastest-growing disease on earth.”
But as Stephen Moore, an economist at the Heritage Foundation, writes, as devastating as the statistics are on cancer, Ken Burns’ film downplays the good news on the astonishing progress that has been made in diagnosing and treating cancer.
At one time, to contract cancer was to receive a death warrant. Not so anymore. Why is that? The answer is that we are a wealthy nation that is filled with problem-solvers. We have dedicated tens of billions of dollars in public and private dollars to conquer this malady. Economic freedom has not just made us wealthier — it has made us healthier, as we say all the time at The Heritage Foundation. Socialism doesn’t stand a chance in finding cures. Capitalism will.
Read more here from Mr. Moore who explores some of the myths associated with cancer and denounces Obamacare as the “greatest setback for cancer research and wonder treatments in modern times.”