An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 14, 2007

This Makes NO Sense

Filed under: Congress, Healthcare — olbroad @ 4:49

When I got this email, I thought I must have been reading it wrong. I haven’t heard anything about such a “cut”, but then, I’ve been pretty much out of touch the last few days.

Liberals Try To Eliminate AIDS Testing Program Funding For Newborn Babies

Liberals in the Senate and House are using their control of the agenda in Congress to attempt to eliminate a $30 million program that encourages states to test newborns for HIV.

The program was authorized under the Ryan White Early Diagnosis Grant Program and has been successful in reducing the numbers of babies who become infected through their mothers. The HIV test costs $10 and the treatment to prevent HIV infection in a baby delivered by a mother with HIV costs $75.

By comparison, it costs at least $10,000 per year to treat a newborn with HIV. An infant with HIV has a life expectancy of more than 23 years. Lifetime care could exceed $250,000.

To cut funding for prevention of such a deadly disease is totally illogical. $85 versus $250,000? I’d say there’s no contest.

Liberals have decided, however, that this program is an “earmark” or special pork barrel program that should be eliminated. This funding is included in the omnibus spending bill that has already passed the House.

Saving babies lives is pork barrel? I don’t think so!

I haven’t delved into this, so I can’t swear it’s accurate. If anyone knows, let me know, ok? I’d appreciate it.



  1. Wiat a minute, I thought liberals were FOR health care programs? Shouldn’t this be right up their alley to support? I notice it is not getting a lot of coverage in the MSM because it would so make the Dems look bad if it did.

    Comment by rosettaresearch — February 14, 2007 @ 5:56

  2. Perhaps it’s because it will save lives, instead of abort them, they don’t approve? I’m really confused on this one. :/ Guess they’ve been blowing smoke, eh?

    Comment by olbroad — February 14, 2007 @ 10:01

  3. To be, or not to be –
    That is the question.

    Comment by Warwick Motley — May 29, 2007 @ 6:03

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