November 2, 2012
Election Day is this Tuesday, November 6! Both President Barack Obama (D) and Governor Mitt Romney (R) have made it clear that the vote you cast on Election Day is a vote for one of two very different paths. As a country, we are at a crossroads, and this election will determine the future of many aspects of our lives.
Whomever the next President is will determine whether or not the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented. The landmark health care reform law will expand health care access to millions of Americans, including those living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS. This law prohibits discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions (including HIV status), bans lifetime limits on insurance coverage, and increases access to critical prevention services, including HIV testing. The next president will face an ever-growing deficit and will be forced to make decisions regarding budget cuts on social programs that will have an impact on every single American. He will most likely be charged with nominating at least one justice to the Supreme Court, which is expected in the near future to hear cases regarding same-sex marriage, a woman's right to choose, and others with major societal implications. He will also preside over the 2013 reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act, a crucial program that provides support services and covers health care costs for more than 500,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.
We cannot stress the importance of this election enough! Four days from now, our votes will decide which path this country takes. Regardless of political affiliation, we encourage everyone to exercise her or his right to vote on Election Day, this Tuesday, November 6!
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|The Presidential Campaigns' Stances on HIV/AIDS Issues|
President Barack Obama
On World AIDS Day 2011, President Obama said "Keep fighting for [people living with HIV] because we can end this pandemic. We can beat this disease. We can win this fight. We just have to keep at it, steady, persistent -- today, tomorrow, every day until we get to zero. And as long as I have the honor of being your President, that's what this administration is going to keep doing."1
Governor Mitt Romney
"AIDS is an indiscriminate killer. It takes our young and our old. It leaves behind widows and orphans. And in many parts of the world, it affects those least able to help themselves. Significant progress has been made in research, education, and delivery of medication, but more needs to be done. America is a compassionate nation. It has been -- and must continue to be -- a beacon of hope for innovative research and support as we seek to overcome the global challenge of AIDS."2