I received this comment today on the establishment of a biobank, a repository of genetic information for research purposes, by the NIH and other healthcare agencies. Kansas City is one of fives cities in which the Genetics & Public Policy Center will be holding town hall meetings on the establishment of a biobank and the very real privacy concerns & other issues surrounding it.
And then I read this post over at Daily Kos regarding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The bill passed the house 420-3 and appeared to be a shoo-in for passage in the Senate until Senator Tom Coburn put a hold on the bill signaling his intention to filibuster the bill if and when it came up for a vote on the floor. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has chosen to honor this hold, for reasons known only to him. Senator Reid could easily choose not to honor the hold and bring the bill to the floor for a vote. It would be a smashing opportunity for a real bipartisan moment. Hell, even the Preznit says he would sign it.
Click here to register for the town hall meeting (its free & open to the public, but they’re encouraging early registration).
Click here to email Senator Reid to ask him why, after Missouri so graciously sent him a Democratic Senator in 2006 thus giving him a majority, he is honoring the hold on GINA.
Click here to email Senator McCaskill and have her go harass Senator Reid. I hooked my shit all over this city for that woman in 2006 and I always remind her of that when I email her office.