Today's cuts to HIV/AIDS programs include: an 80% reduction in funding for Education & Prevention, a 70% cut in HIV Counseling and Testing, a 50% cut for Early Intervention (that provides primary medical care), a 100% cut in Therapeutic Monitoring Program (the program that monitors the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS drugs administered through the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program), a 20% cut in Housing and more than a 50% cut in funding for Home and Community-Based Care.
"With a single stroke of his blue pencil, Governor Schwarzenegger has terminated the state's AIDS programs and, along with it, the lives of some of the state's most vulnerable citizens," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "The Governor's heartless act is not only deadly, but guaranteed to cost California taxpayers millions more in the future. With HIV testing programs sidelined and the state's ability to prevent new infections stymied, new infections in California will increase--each new infection can mean up to $600,000 dollars in lifetime health care costs. A 100% cut to the Therapeutic Monitoring Program is the definition of penny-wise and pound-foolish--with the ability to monitor the effectiveness of lifesaving AIDS drugs hampered, the state's already cash-strapped AIDS Drug Assistance Program will only end up spending more for drugs."
Education & Prevention for HIV/AIDS? If people really wanted that, they'd buy it in a free market! Therapeutic Monitoring Program? People can just ask their friends which HIV drugs worked for them and the invisible hand will guide people to better meds.
Duh. Haven't these whiners read Atlas Shrugged? If they did, they'd know that capping property taxes at ridiculously low rates and drowning the government in a bathtub is the only way to spur the innovation required to finally cure HIV. Srsly, markets are awesome and the only real solution to our problems. The people who die because of the massive poverty of resources created by this pseudo-philosophy are just losers whose bodies were getting in the way of progress.