President Obama, it is time to stop the outrageous favoritism afforded HIV patients.
Palm Desert, California (PRWEB) March 27, 2012
The FAIR Foundation’s CEO, Dr. Richard Darling, is strongly criticizing President Obama for his proposed 2013 budget request, reported by the White House Office of Budget and Management, that would increase domestic HIV/AIDS funding by $800 million dollars. Darling points out that US taxpayers have already spent well over one third of a trillion—yes, trillion—dollars on HIV/AIDS, including the $28 billion 2012 budget request, which has resulted in a plummeting death rate, including a 99 percent decline in deaths of California’s newly infected HIV patients.
Darling states, “We taxpayers have not only spent well over one third of a trillion dollars on HIV/AIDS nationally, but it has resulted in our government allocating $3,000 per HIV/AIDS patient on bio-medical research versus less than $200 per patient for virtually all other illnesses, including 6,000 orphan (rare) illnesses and diabetes, which kills more Americans than AIDS and breast cancer combined. But that’s not the whole story: Billions more are spent annually on HIV/AIDS by others, including the 50 states, pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and amfAR.”
Darling points out that the Department of Health and Human Services has one HOPWA program that has spent billions providing housing to patients. He asks, “Do you think HOPWA stands for ‘Housing Opportunities for Patients with Alzheimer’s’? No, the lucky beneficiaries of this federal program are AIDS patients and Obama’s new budget asks for $330 million for this program.”
How successful has all this funding been? The plummeting HIV/AIDS death rate nationwide is exemplified by the 99 percent decrease in California’s newly infected HIV patient deaths from almost 10,000 in 1994 to less than 200 now.
Darling states, “In a moment of candid reflection, Anthony Fauci, MD, the government's top HIV/AIDS researcher and the man who oversees the $3 billion HIV/AIDS bio-medical research budget, validates those who believe HIV funding should be decreased and redirected to other illnesses. Fauci admitted publicly years ago that his success is "breathtaking" with HIV patients who “look and feel well, who are leading very productive, very gratifying lives.”
Darling continues, “Even HIV activist Elton John publicly stated on the TV show American Idol that HIV ‘is not a life-threatening disease anymore’ and he also exhorted HIV patients to use the simple solution to preventing HIV infection, inexpensive condoms.”
Rock star Bono, while yet again asking for more money for HIV/AIDS in TV ads, states that HIV patients need to take just two pills a day to stay alive; two pills that cost only 40 cents.
Darling addresses President Obama personally, “It is, indeed, time for drastic cutbacks to HIV funding during these tough budgetary times with some of HIV's overflowing treasure chest, going towards helping patients and research for illnesses other than HIV that have not had such wonderful success.”
Dr. Richard Darling, DDS is the Founder, President & CEO of the FAIR (Fair Allocations in Research & Organ Donation) Foundation whose missions are equitable funding for bio-medical research, new organ-donor policies to reverse America’s organ-donor crisis, promotion of organ donation and preventive health education to reduce the need for donor organs. FAIR’s Board of Directors includes 27 transplant surgeons, medical directors, pharmacists and patient advocates.