When I received my multiple sclerosis diagnosis 15 years ago, I knew my life would be forever changed. From skiing to tennis, I love being outdoors, and the diagnosis hit me hard mentally and emotionally, knowing I had a disease that would slowly disrupt my ability to move freely. I maintained my active lifestyle for some time, but in 2012, I started using a wheelchair, and today, my condition requires full-time professional assistance. But I still move around as much as I can—MS may have inhibited my physical ability, but not my fighting spirit!
Even in the last decade, the landscape for MS treatment has changed dramatically, and I know that’s the result of the American innovation ecosystem at work. I get worried when I hear about government proposals that could disrupt this system, or, worse, give control to politicians over where we can invest in new treatments. I agree our health care system needs reforms to help patients afford their medicines, but we don’t need to give control over to the government.