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house Bill H.R. 6651

Should a Program to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Be Extended by 5 Years?

Argument in favor

The PEPFAR program has a major impact and has changed the trajectory of the HIV/AIDS epidemic by giving millions of people access to life-saving antiretrovirals. Extending the program is necessary for global public health.

BadHombre's Opinion
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11/12/2018
This program should be extended to help the world control HIV. Not all the provisions of this bill are acceptable, eg, gag rule. But the program overall has tremendous value.
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Sam's Opinion
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11/12/2018
Scratch out that gag rule and then we’re golden
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Douglas's Opinion
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11/12/2018
Helping the world be rid of these illnesses helps us too!!!
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Argument opposed

The PEPFAR program is very expensive and doesn’t directly benefit people in the U.S. It’s also flawed, as the global gag rule prohibits organizations involved in providing abortions from receiving PEPFAR money.

PhilAlban's Opinion
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11/12/2018
Part of this program includes expanding the global gag rule. Look it up. It fundamentally works against public health and it's shameful that Rep Lee intentionally ignores this. While there are some benefits to the PEPFAR program, a better program that is not based on policy over a decade old should be created. Focusing on prevention is of primary importance, as is public health. And, as we saw in the '80s public health isn't limited to just one country. Complaints that is of benefit to foreign countries is short-sighted, since epidemics don't follow man-made borders.
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Abbi's Opinion
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11/12/2018
Remove the gag rule and make it a criminal act to divert funds to child prisons.
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JayJib's Opinion
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11/12/2018
The root idea is good but the gag rule and other flaws mean that it’s better to just start over with a new and better plan.
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    This program should be extended to help the world control HIV. Not all the provisions of this bill are acceptable, eg, gag rule. But the program overall has tremendous value.
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    Part of this program includes expanding the global gag rule. Look it up. It fundamentally works against public health and it's shameful that Rep Lee intentionally ignores this. While there are some benefits to the PEPFAR program, a better program that is not based on policy over a decade old should be created. Focusing on prevention is of primary importance, as is public health. And, as we saw in the '80s public health isn't limited to just one country. Complaints that is of benefit to foreign countries is short-sighted, since epidemics don't follow man-made borders.
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    Scratch out that gag rule and then we’re golden
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    Remove the gag rule and make it a criminal act to divert funds to child prisons.
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    The root idea is good but the gag rule and other flaws mean that it’s better to just start over with a new and better plan.
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    Helping the world be rid of these illnesses helps us too!!!
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    Needs to remove gag rule.
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    Fix the flaws then pass.
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    But remove the gag rule.
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    Yes, but remove the gag rule.
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    Another short term “feel good”program that refuses to end. Shut it down. No reauthorization of funds.
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    Obviously. The gag rule is terribly stupid, but the program overall is very important.
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    No more propagandistic programs. Yet again, America, we need comprehensive healthcare. Trump’s calling the program “global entitlement” is incorrect. The world is shrinking as superbugs grow in our own country and others. Along with our incoming issues with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the transmission of these diseases and viruses could affect American lives as well. The worlds problem is our own problem as we become increasingly interconnected. We will all suffer if we do not help the weakest and least disadvantaged in this country and others. I reject this bill because we need a better one with optimized strategies ASAP—especially if it’s anything like our mismanaged healthcare.
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    Why is there an end to this research. The end should only be when they find a cure or a vaccine and more importantly fix the problems in the bill such as the gag rule. only then!!! Pass the bill
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    Helping fight pandemics protects everyone.
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    The global gag rule should not be a part of this issue
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    I was all for this bill until it hindered physicians from speaking frankly about medical advice. Politicians, I'm going to need you to BACK UP. Once you go to medical school and either conduct research or practice medicine, then you can give me medical advice. As one put it, "Stay in your lane!"
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    Poorly written legislation. FIX IT! Stop with gag orders and religious dogma.
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    Remove this archaic global gag rule and then pass the bill. It is critical to the safety and security of the U.S. that not just Americans are healthy, but people across the world as well. However, we can’t do that effectively if we can’t send funding to organizations that provide abortion services. This is the 21st century and we shouldn’t be maintaining absurd restrictions like this.
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    Why stop it?
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