Union By Subtraction

Crusading for a Cure

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PDT noted that the new budget will include funding to help combat and ultimately end HIV and AIDS outbreaks in the U.S. He explained:

“In recent years we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach.” He continued, “My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.” He then continued the unity theme, declaring, “Together, we will defeat AIDS in America.”

Following his call to end HIV and AIDS, Trump also called for increased funding for cancer research, which is wildly popular among the general public. He noted that new types of treatments have not been seen by children with cancer for several decades and it is America’s responsibility to help find a cure for this devastating disease. He even went so far as to introduce a specific figure, noting, “My budget will ask Congress for $500 million dollars over the next 10 years to fund this critical life-saving research.”

That’s actually a much smaller ask than I expected, especially considering the target. I’m afraid I’ll have to offend some folks, though.

Whatever portion of that money is devoted to HIV, I’d love to see it added to the portion going toward cancer. While not true of every case, the vast majority of HIV cases were completely avoidable. It’s a matter of lifestyle choices. That’s not to say I don’t empathize with those stricken with either disease, but cancer is a scourge that invades the lives of people in the cruelest of ways.

That’s a relatively small gripe to have, I suppose. But it should never go without mentioning that efforts to compromise often come at the expense of common sense.

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