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Obama Administration to Work Toward Promoting HIV Prevention and Supporting the LGBT Community

By Bonnie Goldman

January 21, 2009

After eight long years of the Bush Administration's silence on domestic HIV/AIDS and the continuation and encouragement of homophobic policies, the United States has finally entered a new era.

Lots of activists will quibble that Obama's posted agenda is not enough, but let us take pleasure for just one moment for this promising agenda. Now posted on the White House Web site under a headline that says it all -- "Support for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community" -- is the following:


President Barack Obama's Civil Rights Agenda

"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect."

-- Barack Obama, June 1, 2007

In addition, below is Obama's to-do list of health care priorities.


Health Care

On health care reform, the American people are too often offered two extremes -- government-run health care with higher taxes or letting the insurance companies operate without rules. President Obama and Vice President Biden believe both of these extremes are wrong, and that's why they've proposed a plan that strengthens employer coverage, makes insurance companies accountable and ensures patient choice of doctor and care without government interference.

The Obama-Biden plan provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans, builds on the existing health care system, and uses existing providers, doctors, and plans. Under the Obama-Biden plan, patients will be able to make health care decisions with their doctors, instead of being blocked by insurance company bureaucrats.

Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year. If you don't have health insurance, you will have a choice of new, affordable health insurance options.

Make Health Insurance Work for People and Businesses -- Not Just Insurance and Drug Companies.

Reduce Costs and Save a Typical American Family up to $2,500 as Reforms Phase In:

The Obama-Biden plan will promote public health. It will require coverage of preventive services, including cancer screenings, and increase state and local preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

A Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility: Barack Obama will pay for his $50 - $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level.




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