Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS is a body responsible for providing recommendations and information to the president, as well as overseeing the nation's strategy for combating the illness. On Friday, six members of the council resigned, writing in an op-ed published in Newsweek that they can no longer be effective under a "president who simply does not care." The letter was written by Scott Schoettes, who was joined by five other members: Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados. In the letter, he explains President Donald Trump's administration hasn't taken steps to formulate a strategy for combating the illness, "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."
The letter particularly singled out the administration's efforts to scale back the Affordable Care Act, saying that the law has resulted in "gains in the percentage of people with HIV who know their status, the percentage engaged in care [and] the percentage receiving successful treatment."
The proposals to replace the ACA with the American Health Care Act "would be particularly devastating for people living with HIV." ...
Under the President Barack Obama, the council helped the administration craft a new national strategy, designed to reduce infections, increase access to care, reduce health inequalities, and coordinate a national response.
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