The concept of ‘Right to Try’ is the idea that terminally ill people should have the right to try experimental and alternative drugs and therapies when others have failed.
This was the subject of an earlier post we did about Mike Pence who supports the idea.
A proposal was made for ‘Right to Try’ in the senate this week but it was blocked by Nevada Democrat Harry Reid, one of the most loathsome members of the senate.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Harry Reid blocks giving terminally ill ‘right to try’ new treatments
A proposal to allow terminally ill patients the “right to try” experimental treatments was blocked in the Senate, giving Republicans and Democrats one last chance to trade barbs before officially hitting the campaign trail for the home stretch of the election.
“Patients with terminal diseases, like other Americans, want the chance to live to see their children’s graduations, walk their daughters down the aisle, play with their grandchildren and grow old with their spouses,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Wednesday while touting the bill on the Senate floor.
“They ought to have a right to access treatments that have been proven safe and could potentially save their lives.”
So the Wisconsin Republican, one of the most vulnerable lawmakers up for re-election this year, asked for unanimous consent to pass the right-to-try bill. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., objected to the fast-track maneuver, citing the lack of a proper hearing to air out the details of the legislation.
Harry Reid’s reasoning is usually this: If Republicans want something, it must be bad and therefore, he’s against it. Yet Democrats still try to portray themselves as the party of compassion.