Last year during the Presidential campaign, Trump assured about great healthcare policy benefiting all the Americans. He said, “I am going to take care of everybody … Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.” However, few months into his presidency, it’s clear that President Trump is least bothered to keep that promise.
Six advisors on President Trump’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Council have resigned in rage for Trump “doesn’t care” about combatting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, according to Buzzfeed.
The six advisors- Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle, and Grissel Granados have quit from the advisory council citing Trump’s “regressive” healthcare policies. They also reasoned that his aggressive policies don’t cover about tackling the AIDS crisis.
“As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care.”
“The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, 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.”
According to a report published by NEWNOWNEXT, the budget proposal endorsed by Trump slashes $350 million from HIV/AIDS research and the Trump-endorsed House Republican healthcare bill is made is such a way that people couldn’t afford coverage due to preexisting condition premium hikes.
Now, it couldn’t be more clear that our President is least interested in doing anything for the American people which doesn’t incorporate a photo-op that he can fire off on Twitter. His primary target seems to be the media, which unlike Trump, actually doing anything to help the American people.
Trump’s increasing obsession with the investigation into his team for their possibly treasonous collusion with Russia during the election, has made Trump not to take any renewed interest in combatting HIV/AIDS – and the man who might replace him, Mike Pence, is responsible for one of the largest HIV outbreaks in the nation, as per HuffPost.
Things are not looking good for the campaign against HIV/AIDS – but perhaps this very public mass resignation will draw some needed attention to this oft-ignored but critical issue.