Saying Trump 'Does Not Care,' 6 Members of AIDS Panel Quit
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 21:55
Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned, on the premise that President Trump doesn't care about HIV, TheHill reports. He is the HIV project director at Lambda Legal, a national legal organization serving people living with HIV.
The column also pointed out that Trump has still not appointed anyone to head the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, something President Barack Obama had done 36 days after his inauguration. Furthermore, Trump has not named anyone to lead the Office of National AIDS Policy.
The letter also noted the Trump administration's efforts to cut back on elements of the Affordable Care Act which have 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".
In a joint resignation letter, the group wrote that they had dedicated their lives to fighting HIV and AIDS, but felt that the Trump administration was not preventing them from doing this successfully. PACHA, which was created in 1995, includes public health officials, researchers, health care providers, faith leavers, HIV advocates and people living with HIV.
The most egregious action of Trump's though, is the American Health Care Act, the president's proposed replacement for Obamacare.
It's been 5 months since the sitting president's administration took office.
Protest takes many forms, and resigning from this administration's panels and councils ― as expert advisors to the EPA did after the Trump administration dismissed half of the members of an important science committee ― sends a powerful message.
"It will be people-many of them people of color-across the South and in rural and underserved areas across the country, the regions and communities now at the epicentre of the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic". All of the members of PACHA should follow the fearless lead of the six who resigned last week, and speak out loudly about this administration's brutal policies.
GSN has reached out to the United States Department of Health & Human Services for comment.
About 40 percent of people with HIV receive care through Medicaid. "Under the AHCA, people living with HIV only stand to lose". It would particularly affect homosexual populations and also affect non-HIV homosexual and bisexual men and transgender women who need insurance for medications and supplies for preventing exposure and contracting HIV/AIDS.
"Because we do not believe the Trump administration is listening to-or cares-about the communities we serve as members of PACHA, we have decided it is time to step down", he writes.