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ACS CAN Responds to State of the Union Address

Article date: January 30, 2014

By Stacy Simon


In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made several statements about cancer and health care that Dick Woodruff, Vice President of Federal Relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) called “optimistic.” ACS CAN is the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society.

In the address, President Obama called on Congress to undo last year’s cuts in basic research – a move that Woodruff said could potentially lead to future discoveries in cancer treatment. Mr. Obama also praised the Affordable Care Act for, among other things, banning limits on pre-existing conditions.

“Because of this law, no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a pre-existing condition like asthma, back pain, or cancer,” he said.

In his response to the address, Woodruff said the President’s plans will give ACS CAN an opportunity to achieve next year’s goals to influence policies that will help fight cancer.

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