Clinton Announces $2B Effort to Cure Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AP) -
Hillary Clinton campaign signs lie in a pile outside the debate hall before a Democratic presidential primary debate Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Hillary Clinton campaign signs lie in a pile outside the debate hall before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Dec. 19, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is announcing a $2 billion annual effort to cure Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.

Clinton says that her plan will “prevent, effectively treat and make a cure possible” for Alzheimer’s.

She says her plan would guarantee consistent funding for treatment so researchers can work toward advancing treatment. Clinton will pay for her plan by closing tax loopholes, though her campaign did not specific which ones.

Five million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a number that’s expected to increase to 15 million by 2050. Last year, the government spent $586 million on the disease. Total costs may exceed $1 trillion by 2050, according to estimates.

Clinton is campaigning in Iowa Tuesday with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.