They should have thought of that before they got cancer
The WSJ reports, via The Atlantic which calls it the saddest paragraph you will read all day:
At the National Institutes of Health, nearly three-quarters of the staff was furloughed. One result: director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center into clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said.
Of course, these same Republicans want to permanently dismantle the NIH, so this is just an incremental step toward their final goal. After all, this whole mess has come about because a bunch of psychos losing their minds over the idea that people will get health insurance.
But not to worry, these cancer patients have plenty of time to wait. No biggie.