Commentary & Opinion
Obama Administration "Wants to Go Slow" on HIV/AIDS Efforts, Editorial Says
May 13, 2009
"The road to ending AIDS comes with warning sign: Caution -- Politics Ahead. Just ask President Obama, who's getting a crash-course introduction," a San Francisco Chronicle editorial says. It adds that Obama is "drawing howls for both his domestic and overseas AIDS policies. AIDS groups badly want to expand Bush-area policies they favored while doing away with conservative policies they opposed, such as a ban on federal money for needle exchanges." According to the editorial, Obama is not "moving fast or far enough" for "these critics."
These "doubts are worth noting," but they "shouldn't obscure the bigger picture," the editorial says, adding, "The AIDS fight remains a signature American initiative, and the White House is hardly walking away from a commitment no other nation has taken on with such scale." According to the editorial, the "program's record in tamping down infection rates and building public health systems is all the more remarkable as the world struggles to coordinate a defense against swine flu." It concludes, "Adding on funds to go after other tropical diseases, diarrheal infections and infant pneumonia -- all treatable -- makes solid health policy sense. Obama's headed in the right direction, ever so cautiously" (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/13).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.