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 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.