CBS News: “How Obama, McCain Differ On HIV/Aids”

The CBS Evening News has been presenting a series of segments on the presidential candidates’ positions on various important issues, including a recent piece on HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

You can watch the segment or read a transcript of the report on the CBS website.  Here’s an excerpt:

So where do the candidates stand? For starters, they both fully support President Bush’s PREFAR program – but that’s focused on the epidemic overseas. So, what if you’re one of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS?

“We have to have a more effective AIDS policy. Studies have shown we may have undercounted the incidence of AIDS in this country,” Barack Obama said.

Obama’s plan begins with his promise to sign universal health care legislation by the end of his first term as president.

He wants to prevent HIV through sex education and by promoting HIV testing in minority communities.

But the cornerstone of the Obama plan calls for a national HIV/AIDS strategy involving all federal agencies. […]

McCain’s prescription to prevent HIV: Emphasize abstinence programs. For those with pre-existing conditions such as AIDS, he wants to establish “guaranteed access plans” for affordable insurance.

His prescription for rising drug costs? Greater competition among drug companies. But the centerpiece of the McCain blueprint? A $2,500 tax credit for individuals to purchase the health care coverage of their choice. […]

For now, [HIV patient] Russell may not benefit more from either candidate’s plan, because he already has health insurance through his employer. On the other hand, [HIV patient] Danielle would have a better chance with either candidate than she does now to find affordable coverage. But there was one thing that Obama said that captured her attention.

“Especially in the African-American and Latino communities, it is skyrocketing,” Obama said.

“Just the fact that, I guess Senator Obama speaks specifically to the community of which I belong,” she said. “It makes me know that he cares about the African-American community.”

Nevertheless, both Danielle and Russell are hopeful that the leadership America has shown overseas will inspire the next president to show leadership on the AIDS epidemic here at home. 


~ by h.e.g. on October 22, 2008.

One Response to “CBS News: “How Obama, McCain Differ On HIV/Aids””

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