In this episode, host Libby Ballengee has a lively interview with Ohio State
Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood). Rep Butler recently introduced
legislation in the Ohio House of Representatives that will create a new and
innovative model for curing major diseases. The Cure Bill, House Bill 345, will
create a multistate compact, with Ohio as its charter member. In this compact,
member states will work together to drastically increase financial incentives for
any and all organizations that discover reliable and verifiable cures of major
“Pharmaceutical companies currently have no real incentive to cure us, only to
treat us,” said Rep. Butler. “Government and charity research is generally
focused on incremental, scientific advances. Neither approach will result in a
major cure. We have not cured a major disease since polio over fifty years ago.
I truly believe that America has the resources and capacity to aggressively
pursue and discover cures to some of the most devastating diseases we face.
The only obstacle standing in the way in our current system is the absence of
incentives, which House Bill 345 seeks to correct. I’d like to thank Speaker
Rosenberger, as well as Reps. Schuring, Seitz and LaTourette for standing with
me in support of this important legislation.”
The Cure Bill will set up a multistate compact to offer prizes for curing major
diseases equal to five years of taxpayer savings. After several states have
joined, the amount of prize money for a disease like Alzheimer’s, for example,
would be over $10 billion – enough to incentivize the private sector to fund true,
cure-driven research. If there is no cure, then there is no payment from states,
so taxpayers have no risk. This innovative new model has the potential to cure
major diseases in the very near future, once sufficient prizes have been
established and companies and organizations have large enough incentives to
fund cure-driven research.
“In Ohio, we strive to be leaders in ground-breaking developments, especially in
the healthcare industry,” said Speaker Rosenberger. “I was glad to join with Rep.
Butler and members of our leadership team today to discuss this bill in detail and
to stress that innovative thinking such as this has the potential to solve some of
our state’s biggest challenges.”