When I think of the energy being expended to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370, I realize that it’s a point of great curiosity, but doesn’t directly effect many Americans. Then I wonder if we could muster the energy to take on an issue that affects almost every American family. Alzheimer’s Disease will strike 1 in 6 women in her 60’s, twice the rate as she is likely to have breast cancer in her 60’s. For a man, it’s a 1 in 11 chance of developing Alzheimer’s in his 60’s. Women are also 2 ½ times more likely to be 24 hour a day caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s. 16 million Americans are expected to have Alzheimer’s by the year 2050, and the cost will explode to $1.2 trillion a year for care—5 times the entire current Medicare budget. Isn’t it time that instead of attacking Republicans and making empty threats to stand up to Putin, the President ought to be waging war on Alzheimer’s? I would urge the Republicans in Congress to take the initiative in this endeavor, and call for and fund a space race type commitment that would find the cause and create a cure for this horrible disease that has touched most of our families and taken loved ones from us slowly, dreadfully, and ruthlessly. We once decided that polio needed to be eradicated because it was robbing our children of their strength and energy. We funded the research and it resulted in a cure. The coming apocalypse of Alzheimer’s disease is not only a human tragedy, but a budget killer. We’ve already saddled the next generation with a huge debt from spending foolishly. Will we saddle them with an even bigger burden of paying the exploding costs of long term care? The cure might be expensive, but surely the cost of doing nothing is even greater. Some solutions aren’t cheap, but are certainly less expensive than $1.2 trillion. That’s it for tonight.

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  • George Edward Horn

    03/26/2014 07:02 PM

    I totally agree that we must start looking for cures for such a debilitating disease. This country has the where with all and the financial clout to go after this disease as well as many others. I enjoy your insightful comments. I will be praying for you. That God through His Holy Spirit will guide you along your path to making a decision on whether you are going to run or not.
    I also pray that if you are elected, that you will fix the mess that the other guy has made regarding our relationship with Israel. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem and God's chosen people.
    We need a person that will stand tall in the White House and not be afraid to do what is right for this great nation, both morally and spiritually.
    You have my support brother Huckabee.
    I know you are a pastor, but I will throw this out to you. If you would ever like for me to pray for you or with you. Let me know. I will gladly do so.
    Yours in Christ,
    George

  • Frank J Kehl

    03/25/2014 11:19 AM

    Mike,
    Thank you SO MUCH for wanting to start a WAR on Alzheimer's.
    My beautiful wife, Sharon, of 53 years died of Alzheimer's at age 69 on April 30, 2013. I was her sole caregiver up until the final 6 months. She was not a burden, but watching her brain die hour by hour and day by day was the hardest part. So, thanks again for speaking out. And thanks for continuing to speak out for the FAIR Tax. HUCK in 2016!

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