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President Obama calls for ‘moon shot’ approach to cure cancer

Obama’s final goals in office include supporting cancer research and the continuation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act was among the touch points in President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Highlights included:

  • Obama endorsed cancer research with Vice President Joe Biden’s proposed moon shot effort to find a cure for cancer. Biden’s son died last year from brain cancer. “The goal of this initiative is simple — to double the rate of progress,” Biden wrote in a blog post that coincided with Obama’s address. “To make a decade worth of advances in five years.”
  • Obama announces goal to cure cancer during his State of the Union address.
  • Obama touted the Affordable Care Act among his legislative wins during his tenure. He also acknowledged the partisanship in Congress on key issues. “There’s no doubt a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide, and I guarantee I’ll keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office,” Obama said.

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