|obama policies affect on AIDS rate in USA
Dec 10, 2013
Has the political policies that obama has put in effect caused an increased in the rate of AIDS in the USA?
| Response from Dr. Wohl
No, why would they? The president has worked to expand healthcare coverage so people with HIV can get medications that not only help them but reduce infectiousness. He and congressional democrats helped reduce the Medicare 'donut hole' and his Affordable Care Act would provide assistance to tens of thousands of HIV+ people. Importantly, this White House also advanced a first ever national AIDS strategy that has led to more testing for HIV and support of initiatives to prevent the spread of HIV.
In contrast, small government advocates in the house and senate have cut funding for HIV research, including prevention studies that could help find ways to stem transmission. Cuts to AIDS treatment programs like in my state of NC where republicans now control the state legislature and governor's seat, have further rolled back years of progress and made life hard for those living with HIV.
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