February 27, 2013 | by Chris Johnson
LGBT, HIV/AIDS programs face ‘tragic’ cuts under sequester
Arne Duncan, Department of Education, Washington Blade, gay news

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says there’s “no upside” to the administration’s ability to combat bullying if the sequester takes effect. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Federal programs serving people with HIV/AIDS and others relevant to the LGBT community will be among those feeling the crunch on Friday once the sequester of government funds takes effect.

The sequester — approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2011 as part of an agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling — would institute $1.2 trillion in cuts for U.S. government programs across the board starting this year over the course of 10 years.

The cuts were designed to be so onerous that Congress would come to an agreement on a more balanced approach to deficit reduction as opposed to letting the sequester take effect. Although lawmakers and Obama delayed the date on which the sequester would take effect until Friday as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal at the beginning of the year, they so far have been unable to agree to an alternative.

An estimated 8.2 percent in the first year would be cut from the budgets of discretionary federal programs, including HIV/AIDS and LGBT-related programs.

Crosby Burns, research associate on LGBT issues for the Center for American Progress, said the institution of these cuts on Friday would be a “tragedy” because minority communities like LGBT people take the biggest hit when policy makers issue across-the-board cuts to government programs.

“Politicians are literally playing games with people’s lives,” Burns said. “If the sequester happens, AIDS patients will lose access to life-saving drugs, programs that combat hate crimes and domestic violence in the LGBT community will be slashed, LGBT homeless youth will have to remain on the streets if homeless shelters receive less funding, and LGBT workers who have been discriminated against will see their cases go uninvestigated.”

During a White House news briefing on Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the Washington Blade there would be “no upside” regarding how sequestration would impact administrative efforts to combat school bullying because the focus would instead move to getting by with fewer resources.

“We’re not even having that conversation today, it’s all about going in the opposite direction,” Duncan said. “So creating safe communities, creating climates in which children live free of fear, thinking about what we’re doing in the curriculum, afterschool clubs — all the things we should be doing whether it’s around reducing bullying, or whether it’s around the arts or robotics, or whatever it might be, we’re not even having that conversation, which is, again, crazy to me.”

Hope persists that Congress will come to an agreement to undo the sequester before March 27, when the continuing resolution expires that has provided funds for the U.S. government under fiscal year 2013 levels. At that time, funding will need to be renewed or the federal government will shut down. That date is just before worst purported consequences of the sequester — such as furloughs of government employees — are set to take effect on April 4.

But HIV/AIDS programs will be hit especially hard on Friday. According to a fact sheet issued by the White House earlier this month, cuts to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program could result in 7,400 fewer patients having access to life-saving HIV medications. The White House also says around 424,000 fewer HIV tests could be conducted by Centers for Disease Control State grantees, which could result in increased HIV transmissions and costs in health care.

Carl Schmid, deputy executive director for the AIDS Institute, said he hopes that lawmakers and Obama will come to an agreement before the next set of ADAP grants are issued in March or April because they would be lower under the sequester.

“We have had ADAP wait lists in the past, and those are for new people coming on,” Schmid said. “This is they won’t have enough to support the people that are currently on drugs, and that’s really, really dangerous. So I’m sure the companies may try to help out as they have in the past and other parts of the Ryan White Program contributing to ADAP, but we don’t want to get into that situation denying people who are already on medication their drugs, and that’s very dangerous.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

13 Comments
  • AMBUSH CURES HIV/AIDS.

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  • Sequestration "cuts" are "cuts" in proposed increases in spending. However real cuts will be coming one way or another, because 16 trillion in debt is already depreciating the dollar and grinding the economy to a stand still. If you've made the gay community dependent on government subsidizing medicine, instead of deregulating it and making it more competitive, you are in for a bruising.

    In particular you are setting the gay community up for a battle where they and other special health needs groups, by gender, race and ethnicity, age, family size, and sexual orientation, are all dependent on the government and will have to fight over who gets their piece of the federal pie. It's not going to be pretty, and it's not going to make gays more popular.

    • Maybe if we regulated pharmaceutical companies like most other civilized nations, people could afford their medications.

      $2700 a month for medicine to keep you alive? Who can afford that?

    • James Quinn just what we need more regulation

    • Bruce, almost all new HIV infections occur because of people who are newly HIV-positive, and don't know their status. 424,000 few AIDS tests means thousands of individuals living with HIV wont find out. Which will mean many thousands of new infections that otherwise wouldn't have happened. And when you deny these people life saving medication it will result in the return of the AIDS crisis and people dying in the street. That's not just the gay communities problem, that's everybody's problem.

  • Sequestration “cuts” are “cuts” in proposed increases in spending. However real cuts will be coming one way or another, because 16 trillion in debt is already depreciating the dollar and grinding the economy to a stand still. If you’ve made the gay community dependent on government subsidizing medicine, instead of deregulating it and making it more competitive, you are in for a bruising.

    In particular you are setting the gay community up for a battle where they and other special health needs groups, by gender, race and ethnicity, age, family size, and sexual orientation, are all dependent on the government and will have to fight over who gets their piece of the federal pie. It’s not going to be pretty, and it’s not going to make gays more popular.

  • Remember, in a November 2011 speech, Obama not only promoted sequestration and signed it into law, but he warned the opposition not to try to circumvent sequestration.

  • give the president the sequester he wanted and signed into law last november.

  • Tomás Brewster

    "life saving medications'? are you all fucking serious? Antiretroviral drugs are Chemotherapy drug compounds designed to terminate forming DNA chains. None of the many drugs commonly referred to as antivirals or antiretrovirals possess any direct or specific mechanisms for targeting virus. Actual antiviral drugs do not exist, as medical science has never produced a drug that can cure a viral infection.

    Antiretrovirals & AZT are all FDA approved "Black Boxed" Drugs which means that they are "Life-Threatening" and you could die if you take them.. The toxic drugs simply destroy cellular activities once dispersed into the blood stream, and eventually cause organs to fail and shut down. NONE of the popular so called "life threatening" drugs are specific of the alleged retrovirus "HIV" nor any other virus.

    Pozzies and Dissidents often refer to these Toxic Black Boxed Drugs as "meds" or "medicines", this is Iatrogenic Slavery, these pills are given for life and there is nothing (medicinal) about them given the fact that they come packaged with toxic induced deformities, diseases and death.

    http://www.omsj.org/drugs/matrix.htm

    Direct-To-Consumer Advertisements For HIV Antiretroviral Medications: A Progress Report.

    Alexander Kallen,
    Steven Woloshin,
    Jennifer Shu,
    Ellen Juhl and.
    Lisa Schwartz

    http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/26/5/1392.full

    What is an Food & drug Adminstration "BLACK BOX WARNING"?

    "The “black box” in “black box warning” refers to the bold black border which is drawn around the WARNING. The border is designed to draw attention to the warning, and to offset it from other information which may be present in pharmaceutical packaging. Thanks to widespread public awareness of the implications of a black box warning, a black box on drug packaging serves as an alert that the drug is dangerous even before people read the text of the warning".

    "The strongest warning that the FDA requires is that of the Black Box Warning. This warning is reserved for prescription drugs that pose a significant risk of serious or life-threatening adverse effects, based on medical studies. The Black Box Warning is included in the labeling or medical information of the prescription drug".

    http://www.drugwatch.com/2012/01/18/fda-black-box-warnings/

  • Tomás Brewster March 1, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    STFU you stupid brainless goon.

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