The Tea Party Threatens Funding To The AIDS Drug Assistance Program
Lou Chibarro of the Washington Blade is reporting that some longtime supporters of ADAP in Congress are reluctant to approve supplemental funding this year for fear of angering the Tea Party. (For those who don’t know, The AIDS Drug Assistance Program keeps tens of thousands of people alive by providing them with free or low cost HIV medications)
William Arnold, executive director of the National ADAP Working Group, said intense pressure on members of Congress to curtail spending by the so-called Tea Party movement has made it difficult to line up support for an emergency supplemental appropriation measure. Arnold and officials with other national AIDS and LGBT organizations say the program is facing a crisis never seen before, where a growing number of low income people with HIV or AIDS may be denied life-saving anti-retroviral drugs in at least 11 states this year because state ADAP affiliates have run out of money. Due to a shortage of funds, the 11 states have been forced to put in place waiting lists for patients who otherwise would have received AIDS medication prescribed by their doctors.
What the Tea party desires here is tantamount to the murder for thousands of HIV+ individuals. (Just like thier idol Ronald Reagan, may he rot in hell) and I personally am well beyond tired of their ignorance, racism, and blatant homphobia on constant display….blathering on about “taking back” their country, their government, etc etc….wishing to re-subjugate, re-enslave, and oppress anyone and everyone who will not bow down at heel to their inbred, hate-filled and discriminatory rhetoric.