The Liberal Indifference Of The Hiv / Aids Epidemic

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The conservative indifference to the HIV/AIDS epidemic did not end with Reagan’s administration. As LGBT groups organized and mobilized to combat the blatant negligence of the federal government, President George H. W. Bush continued the legacy of generally neglecting the crisis. Bush embraced oppressive policies such as mandatory testing at certain agencies, as well as implying that local and state governments were primarily responsible for combatting the health crisis. Perhaps worse, there were times when the Bush administration gave the impression of positive progress for the AIDS movement, while actually stymieing any genuine development. For instance, President G.H.W. Bush signed the fundamental law, the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act, which was supposed to provide urban areas most affected by AIDS with federal funding. While Bush signed act into law, he refused to provide the full funding which had been requested, as well as refusing to fund other AIDS initiatives which would have advanced research and treatment. Finally, Bush had claimed to support the implementation of anti-discrimination laws for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS, without ever encouraging their passage in reality. After being systematically ignored and insulted by the Reagan and G.H.W. Bush administrations, the presidential candidate Bill Clinton provided much needed hope for the LGBT community. After years of fighting for change against powerful opposing stakeholders

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