September 8, 2017
Written by Michael K. Lavers
This article originally appeared in the Washington Blade.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said President Trump’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year would adversely impact people with HIV/AIDS.
She noted in her speech at the opening of the U.S. Conference on AIDS at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in D.C. that Trump’s budget would cut $850 million from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and $225 million from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Pelosi also said the proposed budget would cut $150 million from the Centers for Disease Control, $59 million to the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act that provides assistance to low-income people with HIV and their families, $26 million from the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) Program and $72 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.
Pelosi said the budget would also cut $7.5 billion from the National Institutes of Health after Trump stressed during the campaign that he was “going to rid our country of the misery of disease.” She also noted efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and proposed cuts to Medicaid.
Pelosi in her speech noted 40 percent of people with HIV/AIDS depend on Medicaid for their health care.
“I don’t want to get into personalities here, but In Trumpcare all of that was eliminated or very much in doubt,” she said. “So we have to recognize that the battle for the budget is a fight that involves our family here. The budget should be a statement of our national values and what’s important to us should be reflected there in terms of how we allocate our resources.”