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nosmokes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:07 PM
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Where Cancer Patients Rank
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Sam Uretsky

Where Cancer Patients Rank

The Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp is a semi-postal -- now do the math.

Semi-postals are a feel-good device. You buy a stamp for 43. The Postal Service takes its 41 for postage, plus some percentage for reasonable costs, and gives the rest to the specified charity. In the case of Breast Cancer Awareness, 70% of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30% is given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the NIH budget is about $28.6 billion for fiscal year 2007, a 0.1% decrease from 2006,or a 3.8% decrease after adjustment for inflation -- the first true budgeted reduction in NIH support since 1970. The less we spend on biomedical research, the more money we have for blowing people up.
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