> Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

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anon user #2.1
#1 2019-09-11 12:51:10

Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

While the Republican senator Rick Scott was governor of Florida, his administration presided over the effective blocking of $70m in federal funds available for fighting the state’s HIV crisis.
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Coupled with the fact that Scott refused to expand Medicaid in Florida, this new revelation – the product of an extensive Guardian investigation – helps explain why the state’s HIV epidemic became almost peerlessly severe during Scott’s time in office.

From 2015 to 2017, Florida was forced to return to the federal government $54m in unspent grants for combating HIV – due to an apparently deliberate failure on the part of state health bosses to secure legislative permission to spend such desperately needed funds.

Furthermore, in 2015 Scott’s administration directly blocked two US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant applications that would likely have won Miami and Broward counties, which have HIV diagnosis rates among the highest in the US, approximately $16m.

For Scott, refusing federal money was a bedrock principle. Fierce opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a signature issue of his 2010 campaign. In one of his first acts in office, he rejected more than $2bn for high-speed rail. He would turn away scores of millions of dollars in ACA grants.

By early 2013, Scott softened his stance and proposed a three-year Medicaid expansion test run. But he never made any attempts to get the legislature on board and after securing a second term in 2014 the former healthcare executive with a net worth exceeding $230m retreated, opposing what in other states has amounted to a massive infusion of federal funds to provide healthcare to those living in poverty.

This about-face coincided with the start of Florida’s rejection of the federal HIV funding in question.

“I think Rick Scott fueled the epidemic in Florida,” said Marlene LaLota, a 28-year veteran of the Florida department of health who was the administrator of its HIV/Aids section from 2014 to 2016.

“How many infections could have been prevented with that money? How many lives could have been saved? Shame on them.”
‘We were stopped at every turn’

According to the CDC, in 2017 Florida saw the highest number of new HIV diagnoses in the US: 4,783 cases, or 13% of the national total. This meant the state, which had an estimated HIV population of 135,000, had an annual diagnosis rate per 100,000 residents of 27, second only to Georgia’s 30 and nearly double New York’s 16.

Of 10 states that currently see the most annual HIV diagnoses and which together account for 65% of new cases nationally, Florida was alone in experiencing an increase, of nearly 3%, between 2010 and 2017. New York, which has spent aggressively on HIV and expanded Medicaid, saw a decrease of 30%.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 … n-governor

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anon user #2.1
#2 2019-09-11 12:51:38

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

Baggerism kills.

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#3 2019-09-11 12:59:23

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

faggots

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Diarrhetrius Brown
#4 2019-09-11 13:08:08

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

anon user #2.1 wrote:

Baggerism kills fuqing faggots who like to get fuqed up the ass by shyt covered cawks.

FIFY

Good for Rick Scott, why the fuq should I have to pay for faggot behavior?

All faggots must die!

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anon user #2.1
#5 2019-09-11 13:17:31

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

Stupid Baggers think only gay people die from AIDS.

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Sockpuppet
#6 2019-09-11 13:25:45

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

Bagz are gonna bag.

I assume it is not their fault. I used to think it was mental illness. I am starting to think maybe it is a bacterial or viral infection. Similar to how the theory is emerging around infections leading to cancer I think some microbial source may be the cause of this serious illness.

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#7 2019-09-11 13:40:45

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

Stop ass fuqing, stop AIDS. The most easily curable faggot illness.

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#8 2019-09-11 13:45:01

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

anon user #2.1 wrote:

Stupid Baggers think only gay people die from AIDS.

The great majority are homosexual men

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Tom Leykis
#9 2019-09-11 15:02:09

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

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The great majority are homosexual men

Yes, and the cause of HIV infection had been well known for over 2 decades.  Prevention was also well known:  Before you let someone stick a dick inside you, use a condom.  I don't see where millions of Federal dollars are going to change that. 

Meanwhile, Back in Liberal Paradise California, DELIBERATELY infecting someone with HIV carries a maximum penalty of a $50 fine.  Fifty Dollars.

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Wilsons_Face
#10 2019-09-11 21:14:44

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

anon user #2.1 wrote:

Stupid Baggers think only gay people die from AIDS.

No but at some point someones partner stuck their cock in the doody hole

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Ron_Santo_Redux
#11 2019-09-11 21:42:01

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

anon user #2.1 wrote:

faggotry kills.

FIFY

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Diarrhetrius Brown
#12 2019-09-12 01:02:22

Re: Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

I laugh at dead and dying faggots.

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