Presidential candidates on global health and HIV/AIDS

I just took my own advice (bottom of the post) and swung by to look at their coverage of health issues in the upcoming presidential election.  On the main page I found a link to: 2008 Presidential Candidate Issue Spotlight: Global Health and HIV/AIDS.  I love it when they make things easy.

This page is a great resource.  It has short summaries of the major party candidates’ platforms on HIV/AIDS (domestic and international), along with key quotes and links to further information.  Fantastic stuff, especially since someone else has gone to the trouble of rounding it up!

Here are the summaries given on the Issue Spotlight page:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

John McCain has not put forth a formal plan or strategy to address HIV/AIDS domestically or globally, or global health more generally. McCain has a broader domestic health reform plan that seeks to expand access to health coverage using tax policy to shift people from employer-based coverage into the individual insurance market, though he does not advocate policies to prohibit insurers from denying coverage based on health status. He would provide tax credits to assist people in affording coverage and would permit the purchase of insurance across state lines to increase competition in the insurance market. On global HIV, McCain has expressed support for U.S. global AIDS efforts through PEPFAR*. If elected, he would call for a new international organization, the “League of Democracies”, to link democratic nations together, and to address challenges including HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. McCain would also establish a goal of eradicating malaria in Africa.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)

Barack Obama introduced a plan to address HIV/AIDS, both domestically and globally, and a broader global development plan, during 2007. On domestic HIV, Obama proposes the creation of a National HIV/AIDS Strategy. He supports expanding Medicaid coverage to all low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and supports the Ryan White Program**. He would focus on eliminating disparities in the epidemic’s impact, particularly in minority communities. Regarding HIV prevention, he supports comprehensive sex education and supports federal funding for needle-exchange. Through his broader domestic health reform proposal, Obama would promote universal coverage by building on the existing public and employer-based system and by creating new coverage options for the uninsured. His plan would prohibit insurers from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions or from charging higher premiums based on health status and would provide premium subsidies to low and moderate-income individuals to ensure that coverage is both available and affordable for people living with HIV/AIDS and those with other health conditions. On global HIV, Obama proposes to provide $50 billion by 2013 for U.S. global AIDS efforts through PEPFAR*, including an increased commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Through his broader global development plan, he would double foreign assistance to $50 billion by 2012, and coordinate and consolidate foreign assistance initiatives into a restructured USAID. He supports increased U.S. investment in the health infrastructures of developing countries so they can better address public health challenges, including infectious diseases and basic health care, and supports debt cancellation.

Like I said, helpful stuff.  I’d definitely encourage people to take advantage of for this and other issues.  It’s run by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which hosts several health-related sites that continue to amaze me with their quantity and quality of data and ease of use.  Definitely the place to go if you want health information from people who specialize in the field.  Happy browsing!


~ by h.e.g. on August 17, 2008.

One Response to “Presidential candidates on global health and HIV/AIDS”

  1. I also thought that McCain was not pressed as hard as Obama when he could have been. Some great questions, but was disappointed that Warren accepted some fairly generic answers, especially from McCain.

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