Medication money in limbo do to questions on reform
What ELSE can Utah legislature do in defense of 'your' rights? HIV
research? flu shots? federal grants for roads? Police? Fire department?
Goverment spending has been existing a LONG TIME! Where were all the
cries of goverment spending during Iraq?
Waddoups is out of control! How dare he deny money that came from Utah state
citizens to come back and help sick people. Shame on him!!!!
I'm ashamed to say that Waddoups is my state senator. In all the years I've had
to put up with him he has always been so certain that he is right that he won't
listen to the people he represents.
Political grandstanding like this should have no place in getting needed
services to the people of Utah. Shame on you, President Waddoups.
This is very disturbing. I remember Ryan White, and it's sad that Sen. Waddoups
is letting a political agenda interfere with needed care for Utahns.
Waddoups is disrespectful and uninformed or just plain obnoxious in his 'stand'
against the federal government. It's amazing to me that he would put people's
lives at stake with his antics. He doesn't know how a person could get HIV. My
good friend got it from a blood transfussion because of his hymophelia. As I see it, Waddoups isn't getting do this to get his questions
answered, he's just making an excuse so he can express his racism and hate for
different then him.
Political points should come in second to citizen needs.
STOP the political games! Be it political grandstanding or possible bias
against people with HIV, stalling this grant is wrong. Remember these
shenanigans next election.
Please contact Waddoups. It needs to be known that Americans want to be put
If Utah had to pay for all the needs of the state without any of the Federal
Money that flows our way and we no longer gave the Federal Government a single
penny we would have to stop all services and payments for anything (medical and
social) by the 15th of February. If you are going to complain about government
then be willing to atleast understand the issue. We are dependant on the Federal
Government. That aside our representatives are trying to look out for our money.
I am personally tired of being told that I have to give most of my hard earned
dollars to those who are apart of the entitlment generation.
A single article in the news has never made me more angry then this one. I will
certainly be contacting Sen. Waddoups as well as each member of the committee. I
found out I was HIV+ just last month. I'm also unfortunately unemployed. At
present, the Ryan White program is CLOSED to anyone but pregnant women. On top
of that, programs like the Utah Premium Partnership that could help me pay for
COBRA insurance is also closed since I'm single. There are many with HIV that
have no means to afford the medications that keep HIV at bay and from doing
damage. The medicine I am taking would be $1500 a month if I hadn't found a way
to keep my COBRA insurance. C'mon Legislature. It is one thing to be
conservative and all, its another to play with the health and well being of your
The state should be sued. This grandstanding could be considered attempted
Remember, remember, the denial of HIV research in November....
Orrin Hatch co-sponsored the Ryan White Act. It is shameful that our
legislators want to politicize something that should be common sense.
disgusting behavior, I have pit in my stomach just htinking that these type of
peole exist in our legislature.
Shameful. Already on my FB!
'I don't know why you have HIV of course, but if it's like most cases it was
directly tied to consciously chosen homosexual behavior.' - 11:39 a.m. Voice of Reason, please do not tell me that for someone to HIV they must be
gay. How much more generalized can you be? Having
muiltiple sex partners leads to sexually transmited diseases, like HIV.
Not the gender of those partners. What? A straight man who sleeps
with 700 people can't get HIV? Perhaps then we should encourage
those who are gay to be monogamous and only have a very limited amount of sexual
partners? Thereby encouraging them to have ONE partner instead of many? Hmm, what does that sound like? Marriage?
Regardless, your assumptions are just that. Your opinion. Not based on any
information (The CDC does no research on lesbians. Apparently, they do not
exist) or any real research. Also, why should you get to cover any
legally married straight couple and the others must foot the bill
out-of-pocket? Have you ever given thought to your wife's medical
bills if she could not be covered by your insurance? I did not think
What a sad person Voice of reason must be. WWJD
Too bad you lack reason (or reading comprehension) -This program
existed long before Obama came on the scene and has nothing to do with him.
Aside from opinions, know this: A person with HIV/AIDS who misses a single dose
by more than one hour risks mutation of the HIV. This can lead to drug
resistance and reduces their options for treatment. Being on HIV meds greatly
reduces the risk HIV transmission. Tell women who got this from sexual assault
or cheating husbands and boyfriends to just go off and die. Tell this to the
children with AIDS. Read the statistics and you will see that HIV cases
increased around 32% in UTAH. This is still a DEADLY disease, one hour, one
week, one month without meds increases infectiousness and advances the disease.
What about prevention measures, testing, etc? Are you going to blind yourselves
to that as well? Hey, next thing you know, the paranoid legislators will round
up all People with AIDS and exterminate them. That is the net effect of this
lunacy and indifference.
Actually, the state has only payed into the fund 3 of the last five years.
$186,000 for 2 years, then $100000 for the last year. This is nonsense! They are
holding up a federal match of 5-1 with this grandstanding. People are already on
wait list in Utah due to the states refusal to match an appropriate amount of
money. Waddoups is not a physician, he has no idea that denying people these
medications after they have been on them places a great risk of virus mutation,
then the drugs no longer work. This is not about states rights, this is about
human beings!I would certainly hope that the DESNEWS will
publish this time, there is nothing inappropriate about this posting!
Is Waddoups actively trying to PUNISH those who have contracted a fatal
disease... or would he sacrifice the lives of some of his
constituents to prove a point?
of how the state of Utah cannot or will not take care of its citizens despite
all the anti-federal government bluster. And "Voice of Reason" further
demonstrates the lack of separation of church and state and how pre-conceived
predjudice can impact the lives of others. This bill was named after Ryan
White, a CHILD who acquired HIV through a blood transfusion and who suffered the
intolerance exemplified by Voice of Reason. Perhaps this legislator is trying
to impress RNC bid team currently in town. Perhaps he should consider how such
actions reflect upon the state. Utah intends to sue regarding the health reform
bill because the state can deliver health care better than the "feds" (to the
chosen few with select illnesses).
Gay, Straight, it dosen't really matter. The disease needs funding. Otherwise,
it will be EVERYBODY.
We are against Obamacare! Because we offer SUCH a better option! We
only kill the people who are 'bad.' Utah, you make me sick.
Voice of Reason: The Ryan White programs are the "payer of last resort,"
which fund treatment when no other resources are available. The people affected
here are the unemployed, under-insured and low-income amongst us. Once someone's
ability to pay rebounds, the funding ends and goes to the next person needing
help. As has been stated by others here, the medicines for HIV are
actually critical to sustaining health. They keep people from dying. They
prevent other types of infections from killing. Also, for a pregnant woman,
these medicines can and do make the difference between a child being born with
or without HIV.You also stated "we absolutely must do something
about the root behavior that brings this about." Ryan White funds also go toward
prevention programs and target at-risk people- whether they are gay, straight or
anything else.The only other thing I have to add is that there are
many of us with HIV that are doing everything we can to get jobs, to pay our own
way and save our own lives. Christian or not, it doesn't matter. This is about
"love thy neighbour as thyself."
Already sent my email to Waddoups. This lets us know he is more concerned with
money than American lives.
Keeping that whole HATE State thingy alive and kicking, which is more than I can
say for your residents which are living with HIV/AIDS.truely
dispicable...to the least among you
Politics before people! That the GOP motto. That's why you lost seats in
Congress in 2006. That's why you lost more seats and the White House in 2008.
That's why you lost the debate on Healthcare. You aren't just the NO party.
You're the NO-lution party because you don't solve problems, you make them.God forbid that someone is denied drugs because of this foolishness and
dies because of it. I'm sure that if that happens, Judgement Day might be quite
a surprise for the old quacks.
And the Republicans show, once again, how they hate people. At the core, I
believe Republicans will do anything for power at the expense of the people who
they actually work for. The party has lost its moral center.
Why would anyone want to live in utah?
They cannot be oblivious to the fact that they are playing with people's lives
and well-being. They must just not care. It is more important to them to be
spiteful and petty.