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Six members of president Trumps advisory council on HIV/AIDs have resigned

19 June 2017

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned, on the premise that President Trump doesn't care about HIV, TheHill reports. Based in the organization's Chicago office, Schoettes litigated a number of high-profile HIV/AIDS-related cases on Lambda's behalf. According to the letter of resignation, President Donald Trump's administration has not been taking any steps to devise a sound strategy to combat HIV/AIDS that affects thousands each year.

Schoettes noted that Trump failed to appoint a head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, a senior advisory position, and took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website the very day he took office - on January 20 - and has yet to replace it. Furthermore, Trump has not named anyone to lead the Office of National AIDS Policy.

Schoettes goes on to criticize the Trump administration's continued plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make cuts to Medicaid.

In a joint resignation letter, the group wrote that they had dedicated their lives to fighting HIV and AIDS, but felt that the Trump administration was not preventing them from doing this successfully.

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Formed in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, PACHA was created to counsel the White House about the AIDS epidemic.

During the Obama administration, the council helped the government craft new national strategies to reduce infections, reduce health inequalities, increase health care access and achieve a more coordinated national response.

"We will be more effective from the outside, advocating for change and protesting policies that will hurt the health of the communities we serve and the country as a whole if this administration continues down the current path".

"Between. defunding Medicaid expansion, imposing per-person caps on benefits, and/or block granting the program, the changes to Medicaid contemplated by the American Health Care Act would be particularly devastating for people living with HIV".

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The six members expressed anger and frustration of Donald Trump's view on HIV and AIDS, going as far as claiming that he simply "doesn't care".

Now, 15 other members remain at PACHA. "Where's their courage? This should have been a mass protest with ALL members resigning", wrote prominent, long-time AIDS activist Peter Staley. PACHA, advises the Secretary of Health & Human Services.

The several individuals that resigned argue they would "be more effective from the outside", and are calling for members of Congress to listen to others who are working to reform the healthcare system.

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Six members of president Trumps advisory council on HIV/AIDs have resigned