It’s not like the “budget deal” hasn’t already accomplished some sort of dark goal of letting a large group of Californians float in the wind. Clearly, the “deal” will result in the untimely deaths of hundreds, but more likely thousands, of Californians.
We’ll get more details of the cuts up as soon as we can. But here is what the Bee has for now:
Line items totaled $656 million, including cuts in the Office of Aids Prevention and Treatment. (SacBee 7/28/09)
What does this mean? Well, it means more Californians will get HIV. Some will die young, and others will chronically take HIV meds for the rest of their life. This is just one more profound failure in an administration that has been one big disaster after another.
In case you are wondering what exactly the Office of AIDS does, here is the official Office of AIDS website. Because clearly this goal is just a waste of money:
OA is committed to assess, prevent, and interrupt the transmission of HIV, and to provide for the needs of HIV-infected Californians.
Oh, never mind actual statistics showing overall rebounding rates of seroconversion and skyrocketing HIV rates among minorities, especially African-Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and young people.
No, we need to “live within our means” aka dying without them.
UPDATE: Over $52 million of the cuts were from the Office of AIDS. I wonder how his good buddies in Hollywood feel about this.
$52,133,000 General Fund for various programs administered by the Office of AIDS:
Education and Prevention, Therapeutic Monitoring, Counseling and Testing, Early
Intervention, Home and Community Based Care, and Housing