Cancer advocates oppose Trump research cuts, tanning tax repeal

March 23, 2017

The members of the One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) coalition, which includes the American Academy of Dermatology Association, has sent a letter to the chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees opposing cuts to research included in President Donald Trump's budget proposal. The letter notes that the proposed $5.8 billion cut to National Institutes of Health funding could cut "set funding levels back nearly 20 years." Trump's fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has already indicated that the Senate will not go along with cuts to medical research.

OVAC also sent a letter opposing the repeal of the 10 percent tax on indoor tanning that would occur if the American Health Care Act becomes law. "The tanning tax appropriately reflects the carcinogenic effects of indoor tanning," the 27 members of the coalition wrote. "With our shared commitment in the fight against cancer, our organizations respectfully ask for your support in maintaining and preserving the tax on indoor tanning services."