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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 02:39 PM

HIV/AIDS council members resign in protest of Donald Trump

Source: LGBTQ Nation



By Alex Bollinger · Saturday, June 17, 2017

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resigned this week in protest of Donald Trump‘s apathy towards the epidemic and his attempts to take health care access away from people living with HIV/AIDS.

The PACHA was created in 1995 during the Clinton Administration to provide recommendations about the government’s response to the HIV epidemic. The Bush Administration continued the council’s charter and during the Obama Administration the council created and monitored the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, wrote in Newsweek about why he and five of his colleagues decided to leave the PACHA. “The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and—most concerning—pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.”

Schoettes cites several incidents that showed that Trump doesn’t care about HIV/AIDS policy, including his refusal to meet with HIV advocates during his campaign, the removal of the Office of National AIDS Policy’s website when he took office, or his continued failure to appoint someone to head the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

But most of all Schoettes is concerned about Trump’s attempts to take health care access away from the poor and the working class by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Before the ACA, many people with HIV couldn’t even buy health care (forget about affording it) because HIV is a pre-existing condition. Medicaid was difficult to access because a person had to have AIDS to be considered disabled and get coverage.


Read more: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/06/hivaids-council-members-resign-protest-donald-trump/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 02:44 PM

1. The Big Cons incompetence is growing so rapidly, its like the hulk...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:28 PM

2. When there's no chance of even mitigating the stinking corruption, it's time to clear your desk...

...and depart with your integrity and self respect intact. Don't be hopeful, don't be deluded, and above all, don't be a collaborator.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 07:01 PM

3. I've lost so many friends, coworkers, and acquaintances to AIDS

I stopped counting at 13,
because to count,
you must stop and remember each one for the tally,
and it hurt too much.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 10:32 PM

4. By leaving do we leave the door open to pence like replacements?

Just stop being gay stuff.

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 08:01 PM

6. The NBC article I read said that the panel only had 18 of a possible 25 members.

Neither article mentioned how new members join.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 12:26 AM

5. I've been worried about the Trump Administration and HIV

One positive sign is the fact that his budget did not attack the Ryan White Appropriations. But in general he does not want to think about or look at the fact that there are Americans with HIV.

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Response to bluedye33139 (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 09:04 PM

7. And Pence did such a GREAT job on HIV in Indiana . . . maybe he could join the committee

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 20, 2017, 04:59 PM

8. Kick (nt)

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