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President Bush's Proposed 2006 Budget Cuts Funding for Traumatic Brain Injury Programs

President Bush will unveil his proposed 2006 budget tomorrow (February 7, 2005). According to this New York Times article, (registration required), the President's proposed budget contains spending cuts for a wide range of public health programs, including several that deal with epidemics, chronic diseases and obesity.

Of importance to the readers of this blog, the proposed budget will include cutting a $9 million program for treating people with traumatic brain injury.

Once the budget is formally presented, we will be able to tell more about what other programs may have their funding reduced or no longer available.

Written By:nadia On February 14, 2005 4:24 PM

Four years ago i was in 3 accidents withhead injuries. The first month i paid my rent 6 times and ened broke. Nobody made the landlord give it back and he didnt say he got it... They tried to say i was crasy until i got to GoodWill offices and a specialist. Now two years later i am learning tot live with the after effects and live a good life again. Going to school helped but without the funding and programs i would have been a Terri Shrevier...
Please keep the funding.
thank you

Written By:Susan Fitt On March 28, 2005 3:19 PM

My son was 19 when he his life was forever changed by a TBI. We have been working/fighting to regain as much of our son as possible since the accident. Some of the rehab. has been supported by TBI funding. What would be the most effective way that I can voice my thoughts of the cutbacks to the public officials.

Thank you, Susan Fitt, Brownsburg, IN

Written By:Julie Massingill On March 28, 2005 4:44 PM

My son was in a car accident and also is in his 2nd year of recovery. Funding for Brain Injury victims, should continue so that the devastating costs and ability to recover is off set by some additonal help. Our bills are in essense of $2 million dollars. His life does not have a price on it.....should Bush's daughters ever need this kind of help....remains unknown...perhaps thinking in these terms could be a cause for reconsideration. One 5 minute drive from our home....changed all of our lives forever. Is he so sure that his love ones will never have an "accident"?

Written By:tamra belcher On March 28, 2005 7:20 PM

as a 7 year TBI survivor, I felt I simply MUST reply to this article. We are at a time in history when TBI and brain damage has been formerly misunderstod.But in light of the Terry Shiavo case in Florida, people are waking up and understanding more.
I find it ironic, though, that USA leaders can actually justify cutting funds for TBI research, and kill an innocent person, one who is defensless and disabled. They say that emryonic stem cell reserch is 'immoral' but it is 'moral' to kill disabled people and unborn children? This does not happen in other countries!!! other countries are having a good laugh at USA these days!! And now Bush is 'justifying' cutting funds for TBI treatment?This budget-cut will only create more 'Terry Shiavo' cases.
If Bush is going to cut funding for TBI treatment, he should increase laws in this country to at least help in TBI prevention, such as stricter seatbelt laws, increase insurance requirements)to require hospitalization coverage for MVA's)force helmet laws,tougher gun laws, and any other thing that will increase PREVENTION. Also, more information should be made for the public.
The federal budget will never be balanced, that has become very clear, There are so many other things that can be targeted to have funds cut, but why does the government choose to always attack healthcare and social security? What about the military budget? They claim 10 billion dollars for one tank or hum-v. (just an example, not an accurate account) and what about the billions and billions r dollars this country spends to go to the other side of the world to blow a country off the map and then rebuild that and give it away- 2 times in less than 20 years in Iraq) There is definately other places funds can be cut, but our leaders always attack healthcare and social security first. Is this fair? 7 years ago, I'm sure I would not have really cared or even understood this but after TBI and the nightmare my life has become, I surely take a stand now against and healthcare reform or budget cuts affecting brain injury treatment and research.
this is only one girls opinion. The 'free' country has taken 'freedom' too far. As my aunt said once 'too much of anything is still too much' IT'S TOO MUCH!!!
Thank God (yes, you can take God out of the country, but you can't take God out of the girl)Thank GOD for the one freedom that we all still have, freedom of speech!! TBI survivors and families should start taking advantage of this constitutional right and start sending letters and making phone calls and going to DC and start making our opinion loud and clear...or be the next in line after terry shiavo waiting for a death sentance.

Written By:Sandee Rager On March 29, 2005 1:16 AM

I think Bush is a a**hole and should have to live with what I have to on a daily basis. I can't believe this, but am not surprised. He doesn't care about the health of anyone else but himself.

Written By:Jodi On March 29, 2005 3:28 AM

What makes tbi complicated is doctors don't look beyond your appearance. You look pretty, you're screwed.

Written By:Sandee Rager On March 30, 2005 9:06 PM

Where can I write Bush and give him a piece of my mind?

Written By:Randy On March 31, 2005 3:12 AM

I sustained TBI almost two years ago.I have come out of my TBI doing Ok. Thanks to all of my rehabilitation which has ended up being a huge bill.I don't think he would consider cutting the TBI program if he actually went to a rehab place and actually considered how well the program helps with rehabilitation.

Written By:Billy On April 18, 2005 5:00 AM

I have read a lot and agree with what Tamra wrote.I am also a survivor for 2 years now.I do remember a few things from the accident and the hospital.I remember when I had been awake for a couple of days.I was staring at the TV.My mom said who is that guy he looks familar.I turned and was annoyed and said mom that is our President.I tried hard to talk and convince a lot of friends and family he was the better choice for election.I still agree but now I read this stuff.I am upset at this too.People need to be taught that TBI is really an issue and now that I am going through it.It is so hard.My life and job have been tkaen away for wrong reasons.We survivors are experiencing so much that a normal person could not.I do not wish this injury on anyone.It really hurts family members too.I just want people to be taught more.Espeacilly politicians.

Written By:Taffie On September 26, 2005 5:14 PM

I think its awful that President Bush has completetly cut all the money going into this. Has he ever visisted someone who had just gotten this injury??? Or ever heard their story? I guess not, because he is being a donkey butt to take all these important funds away

Written By:Richard Kimbrough On February 14, 2006 12:46 AM

The way to stop this insanity of heartless ligislators is to vote them out of office. I email people all over about what this bunch of legislators is doing and ask them to forward your message to people they know and so one. We the voters can send legislators a clear message VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE. Feel free to contact me if your interested in change. I'm a 14 year survior of a brain injury and spinal cord injury. I've been in the trenches advocating for disability issues for 10 years

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