[Ip-health] Bernie Sanders to Unveil HIV/AIDS Research Initiative

Elizabeth Rajasingh elizabeth.rajasingh at keionline.org
Wed Mar 16 11:00:11 PDT 2016


Bernie Sanders to Unveil HIV/AIDS Research Initiative
Proposal comes on the back of Clinton's Apology for Praising Nancy Reagan's
AIDS record

Mar 14, 2016 10:39 am ET

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who criticized opponent Hillary Clinton for her recent
comments on former first lady Nancy Reagan and AIDS, will propose his own
platform Monday to spur development of drugs that treat the disease.

Mr. Sanders, who is advocating a single-payer health system, will propose
establishing a $3 billion annual fund to reward developers who come up with
new treatments for HIV and AIDS. The candidate for the Democratic
presidential nomination wants to award money from the HIV/AIDS prize fund
and permit generic competition for the newly developed drugs immediately
after they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“One of the great moral issues of our day is that people with HIV and AIDS
are suffering and, in some cases, dying in America because they can’t
afford to pay the outrageous prices being charged for the medicine they
need to live,” Mr. Sanders said in a statement.

The timing of Mr. Sanders’s HIV and AIDS proposal suggests he is seizing on
the public attention to the issue in the wake of Mrs. Clinton’s comments
about the late former first lady.

At Nancy Reagan’s funeral last week Mrs. Clinton said that the former first
lady had spurred a national conversation on HIV and AIDS in the 1980s and
praised her “very effective, low-key advocacy.”

The Reagan administration has been criticized for its slow response to the
AIDS crisis, and Mrs. Clinton’s words sparked immediate backlash. She
apologized and said Mrs. Reagan was “no hero” in the fight against HIV and

Mr. Sanders on Sunday criticized Ms. Clinton’s comments, which she has
since apologized for. She has said she misspoke about the Reagans’ record
and noted that “for that, I’m sorry.”

She also noted her own policy on health care and HIV and AIDS, writing in a
blog post that an AIDS-free generation is in sight and that “as president,
I promise you that I will not let up until we reach that goal.”

To that end, she called for expanding access to an HIV prevention drug,
expansion of Medicaid, and an increase in global funding for HIV and AIDS
prevention and treatment.

Health care coverage has emerged as a dividing issue on the campaign trail,
with Mr. Sanders facing criticism for the cost of his single-payer plan
where government replaces insurers. Mrs. Clinton has also targeted rising
prescription drug costs in her health plan, which would limit patients’
out-of-pocket payments to $250 a month for drugs for serious and chronic

He would also direct the Department of Health and Human Services to
negotiate drug prices and reduce barriers to importing lower-cost drugs
into the U.S. She also wants drug companies to be required to spend a set
portion of their revenue on research and development if they want to
maintain federal support such as tax credits or research money.

Elizabeth Rajasingh
Perls Research and Policy Fellow, Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009
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