Tom Price's wife asked about quarantining people with HIV

  • metta

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    Oct 20, 2017 11:21 PM GMT
    Tom Price's wife asked about quarantining people with HIV


    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/20/tom-betty-price-quarantine-hiv-people-244003
  • Ubeaut

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    Oct 25, 2017 11:50 PM GMT
    For a former medical professional, Betty Price sure has switched off critical thinking in favour of sloganeering.

    There are more people living longer with HIV because treatments work.
    Where there is access to treatment HIV transmission rates are falling.
    Treatments work by suppressing viral load which has a side effect of preventing transmission.

    Punitive approaches to HIV such as life time imprisonment, which she quaintly refers to as quarantine, would dramatically drive down testing rates and access to treatment. Imprisoning people for life would be a major drain on the economy.
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    Oct 26, 2017 12:43 AM GMT
    And what's particularly offensive, demonstrating that extreme Right Wing ideology is the first concern of Republicans, not the welfare of the people, if that this was not a hearing touching on the topic she raised. The matter for discussion was what should be done to reduce barriers to obtaining HIV/AIDS treatment.

    I guess in Betty Price's warped Republican mind if you lock people up then that DOES solve the issue of medical access. Patients no longer have need for access, they are confined to die. And if you think quarantine helps with getting access, because the health system has patients all rounded-up for treatment, then you are indeed drinking the Kool Aid.

    The problem in Georgia, and many Red states, is insufficient resources dedicated to the HIV/AIDS population. Why would anyone think isolation would increase those resources? On the contrary, the sick would be hidden away, out of sight and out of mind, like the mentally ill and elderly have been, and Republican politicians could divert even more money to "essential priorities" (aka tax breaks for the 1%).

    Her husband tried his hand at health care, was the overall US head of it as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the President's Cabinet. Until he got fired last month, for misusing taxpayer money for personal expenses. And he'd just been appointed!

    Making his wife's motivations in wanting to isolate HIV/AIDS patients like criminals, rather than treating them, and not introducing education programs to more effectively stop the spread, all the more suspect on her part. Gotta save the public purse, yah know, for the welfare of billionaire campaign donors, and also for herself and her greedy husband.

    So by innuendo she scares the general public into equating HIV/AIDS with things like the highly contagious and deadly Ebola virus. If quarantining might be considered for these people, by inference the risk of getting HIV from them must be pretty high.

    Classy woman. I wonder what Cabinet position Trump might have to offer her, now that her husband's out. The Republican Senate would confirm her, since she didn't take too many of those illegal luxury trips with her husband.