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Scientist: Trumpcare Presents Threat to Research

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by A facet of the Republican-led American Health Care Act would “cripple” the advances made in using genomic and big data sets to bolster medicine, the nation’s first federal chief data scientist says.

A facet of the Republican-led American Health Care Act would “cripple” the advances made in using genomic and big data sets to bolster medicine, the nation’s first federal chief data scientist says.

DJ Patil, U.S. chief data scientist in the latter years of Barack Obama’s presidency, wrote on Medium that Trumpcare, as the AHCA is nicknamed, would threaten the country’s ability to leverage data to advance medical science, particularly in the fight against major diseases like cancer. The White House’s proposal would allow insurance companies to deny coverage or charge more when people have preexisting medical conditions. That provision could make people less willing to share important information about themselves with researchers, Patil says, because of fear it could be used against them later.

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