Utah legislators delay action on federal HIV grant due to reform concerns

Medication money in limbo do to questions on reform

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  • G.
    April 8, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    April 8, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    Why would anyone want to live in utah?

  • Paulo
    April 8, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Joshua
    April 8, 2010 6:50 a.m.

    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.

  • mark
    April 8, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    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

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    Already sent my email to Waddoups. This lets us know he is more concerned with money than American lives.

  • Gee thanks...
    April 7, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    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."

  • Utah
    April 7, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    We are against Obamacare!
    Because we offer SUCH a better option!
    We only kill the people who are 'bad.'

    Utah, you make me sick.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    Gay, Straight, it dosen't really matter. The disease needs funding. Otherwise, it will be EVERYBODY.

  • Perfect example
    April 7, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    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).

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    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?

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    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!

  • SusanB
    April 7, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    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.

  • @ Voice of Reason
    April 7, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Ted
    April 7, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    What a sad person Voice of reason must be. WWJD

  • Pagan
    April 7, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    '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?


    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 so.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 11:26 a.m.


    Already on my FB!

  • sosad
    April 7, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    disgusting behavior, I have pit in my stomach just htinking that these type of peole exist in our legislature.

  • Hatch co-sponsored
    April 7, 2010 10:26 a.m.

    Orrin Hatch co-sponsored the Ryan White Act. It is shameful that our legislators want to politicize something that should be common sense.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    Remember, remember, the denial of HIV research in November....

  • sue them
    April 7, 2010 10:12 a.m.

    The state should be sued. This grandstanding could be considered attempted murder.

  • Gee thanks...
    April 7, 2010 9:46 a.m.

    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 citizens.

  • Research
    April 7, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    Please contact Waddoups. It needs to be known that Americans want to be put before grandstanding.

  • Message Bill
    April 7, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    Political points should come in second to citizen needs.


  • Instereo
    April 7, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    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.

  • Wow
    April 7, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    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.

  • UTAH Bill
    April 7, 2010 6:32 a.m.

    Political grandstanding like this should have no place in getting needed services to the people of Utah. Shame on you, President Waddoups.

  • navyvet
    April 7, 2010 6:27 a.m.

    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.

  • Oh my heck
    April 6, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    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!!!!

  • NO thank you!
    April 6, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    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?