Clinton Campaign Releases Detailed Plan to ‘Tackle HIV and AIDS Together’ â€“ Calls for Expanded Utilization of PrEP
The plan details the importance of expanding critical programs such as the Presidentâ€™s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), strengthening the Obama Administrationâ€™s National HIV/AIDS Strategy, partnering with advocacy groups for public education, expanding the utilization of HIV-prevention medication and fighting drug addiction.
Clinton, who also worked to fight HIV/AIDS both as a U.S. Senator and asÂ Secretary of State (photo),Â also plans to expand the countryâ€™s investment in research to accelerate progress, using programs like PEPFAR to ensure that â€œsignificant study questions related to HIV and AIDS are identified, funded and answered.â€ The plan also calls for the expanded utilization of HIV prevention medications such asÂ PrEP, which it calls a â€œpromising innovation.â€
â€œThe AIDS crisis in America began as a quiet, deadly epidemic,â€ the statement accompanying the plan reads, â€œand because of discrimination and disregard, it remained that way for far too long. When many in positions of power turned a blind eye, health care providers, activists, scientists, and ordinary, heroic people fought with courage and compassion for a nation commitment to address the disease.â€
The statement cites the efforts of these individuals for the many breakthroughs in treatment and prevention, but cautions that â€œHIV and AIDS are still with us.â€ According to aids.gov, over 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, with one out of eight people unaware of it, and the World Health Organization reports that 36.7 million people were living with HIV and AIDS worldwide in 2015. â€œHillary Clinton,â€ the statement continues, â€œbelieves we have to tackle this work together.â€
Doing so, according the plan, includes convening groups to adopt â€œaggressive and attainable timelines for ending AIDS.â€ It credits the Obama Administrationâ€™s National HIV/AIDS Strategy as â€œan important roadmap in our march against an AIDS-free generation in the United States,â€ and vows to strengthen it to align with the timelines developed by experts and advocates.
Under Clintonâ€™s plan, the Affordable Care Act will also be defended and expanded upon. It is credited as having ensured â€œinsurance companies [could] no longer deny coverage based on a pre-existing HIV diagnoses,â€ and requiring health insurance plans to â€œcover lab tests, preventative services such as HIV screenings, and chronic disease management tools.â€
It continues that, â€œClinton will place particular emphasis on expanding evidenced-based prevention, treatment, and community outreach initiatives for at-risk groups, including black men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals, African American women, and injection drug users.â€ Â
The emphasis includes a $10 billion initiative to combat drug addiction, which the plan calls â€œa national epidemic that our nation is failing to addressâ€ that is connected with the HIV and AIDS epidemic. The partnership between local, state and federal government, the plan says, will further help to prevent and treat addiction.
The full plan can be read here, and further details the campaignâ€™s intention to partner with advocacy groups for public education in the United States and abroad, working to reform the HIV criminalization laws and end stigma and discrimination.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trumpâ€™s website currently offers only seven campaign positions, none of which include policies on HIV or AIDS. (The Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, however, has made his stance on the matter quite clear.)
Daniel Driffin, the first gay man living with HIV to address a national party convention in 12 years, made his own position clear last week at the Democratic National Convention. â€œWe know how to prevent the virus now. We know how to diagnose the virus now. We know how to treat it and we know how to suppress itâ€¦ What do we do to fight HIV/AIDS today?â€
â€œWe invest in research and education. Expand treatment and prevention,â€ he continued. â€œAnd we elect Hillary Clinton.â€
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‘Fire Sale Prices’: Biographer Predicts Trump ‘May Soon Be Personally Bankrupt’ and Could See His Assets ‘Liquidated’
Donald Trump, the one-term, twice-impeached ex-president who is running for the White House while facing four criminal indictments that include 91 felony counts across three jurisdictions, “may soon be personally bankrupt,” according to a journalist who has written two books on the man he calls a “self-proclaimed multibillionaire.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, author of “The Making of Donald Trump,” and “The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family,” reported on Tuesday’s decision by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron. The judge ruled Trump had committed fraud for years, by massively inflating the value of his assets. He ordered Trump’s business certificates revoked and his assets dissolved.
“Donald Trump is no longer in business,” Johnston writes at DC Report. “Worse, the self-proclaimed multibillionaire may soon be personally bankrupt as a result, stripped of just about everything because for years he engaged in calculated bank fraud and insurance fraud by inflating the value of his properties, a judge ruled Tuesday.”
The ex-president’s “gaudy Trump Tower apartment, his golf courses, his Boeing 757 jet and even Mar-a-Lago could all be disposed of by a court-appointed monitor, leaving Trump with not much more than his pensions as a one term president and a television performer,” Johnston wrote.
Trump will likely appeal any ruling, but Johnston, who has chronicled Trump for years, says it’s “highly unlikely” an appeals court will reverse Justice Engoron’s decision.
“Barring a highly unlikely reversal by an appeals court, Trump’s business assets eventually will be liquidated since he cannot operate them without a business license. Retired Judge Barbara Jones was appointed to monitor the assets, an arrangement not unlike the court-supervised liquidation of a bankrupt company or the assets of a drug lord,” Johnston writes. “The various properties are likely to be sold at fire sale prices and certainly not for top dollar when liquidation begins, probably after all appeals are exhausted.”
Johnston last year said “that the former president ‘knowingly’ committed dozens of tax crimes over the past several years,” according to Newsweek. Johnston’s comments in December came “shortly after Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee held a vote to publicly release Trump’s tax return documents,” and “published a report showing that Trump was not properly audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) while he was president. The IRS has a policy requiring that a sitting president is audited each year while in office.”
Trump Goes on Wild Rant Targeting Judge and Attorney General After Being Found Liable for Fraud
Donald Trump unleashed a wild rant Wednesday morning, targeting the New York attorney general and the Manhattan Supreme Court judge in the State of New York’s $250 million civil case against him. The judge on Tuesday declared the ex-president had committed fraud for years in building his real estate empire and ordered his business certificates revoked and holdings dissolved.
Trump has been warned to not make public attacks against or attempts to intimidate witnesses or officers of the court, or prejudice jurors in one of the criminal cases he is currently facing. Two weeks ago, after appearing to not heed those warnings, the Special Counsel prosecuting the ex-president for his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election asked the judge presiding over that case to limit his speech.
Wednesday morning, Trump called New York Attorney General Letitia James “Racist.” He called Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron “Deranged,” and “Trump Hating,” alleging he had “made up this crazy ‘KILL TRUMP’ decision, assigning insanely low values to properties.” Trump wrote the judge valued his Mar-a-Lago resort and residence at $18 million, and claimed (in all-caps) “it is worth possibly 100 times that amount.”
The judge, however, according to The Hill, “found Trump consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, inflating its value on one financial statement by at least 2,300 percent. The ruling pointed to a Palm Beach County Assessor’s appraisal from 2011-2021, which estimated Mar-a-Lago’s value between $18 million and $27.6 million.”
“In his order,” The New York Times reported Tuesday, “Justice Engoron wrote scathingly about Mr. Trump’s defenses, saying that the former president and the other defendants, including his two adult sons and his company, ignored reality when it suited their business needs. ‘In defendants’ world,’ he wrote, ‘rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can evaporate into thin air.'”
“That is a fantasy world, not the real world,” the judge concluded.
At the end of his diatribe Wednesday, Trump declared: “There is also an IRONCLAD DISCLAIMER CLAUSE!”
Trump Organization Given ‘Corporate Death Penalty’ and Ordered Dissolved by Judge After ‘Persistent Fraud’: Legal Experts
A New York judge has ordered Donald Trump’s business entities in the state of New York, including The Trump Organization, dissolved, and his business certificates canceled, according to legal experts, after ruling that the ex-president for years committed fraud and deceived banks and insurers by inflating the value of his assets.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron “has ordered cancellation of all [NYS] business [certificates] of ‘any entity controlled or beneficially owned by Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr, Eric Trump, Alan Weisselberg, & Jeffrey McConney. An independent receiver will manage the dissolutions,” writes former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega.
Correct, @AndrewFeinberg. The judge has ordered cancellation of all [NYS] business certs of “any entity controlled or beneficially owned by Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr, Eric Trump, Alan Weisselberg, & Jeffrey McConney. An independent receiver will manage the dissolutions. https://t.co/mK0vkzQXon
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) September 26, 2023
The Messenger reports Judge Engoron’s “blockbuster ruling found that the former president and his business leaders failed to correct course after warned of a ‘propensity to engage in persistent fraud,'” and ordered “a quick timeline to dissolve the Trump Organization and other corporate entities.”
MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin explains that the “New York trial court judge has found that Trump, his adult sons, and Allen Weisselberg engaged in a persistent, years-long fraud through ‘fantasy world’ valuations of core Trump assets, including his own residence and various golf courses and office buildings.”
“His decision not only eliminates the need for trial on that claim, but also orders fairly dramatic relief: the cancellation of New York business certificates for all of the entities named as defendants, ‘as well as any other entity controlled or beneficially owned by the individual defendants found liable,'” she adds.
“In addition to finding that Trump committed fraud, the judge canceled the certificates of various Trump businesses, appointed a former judge as an independent monitor of the Trump Organization, and will appoint receivers to manage the canceled LLCs,” writes former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.
“This is a pretty big deal,” he adds.
Professor of law Ryan Goodman, the former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel says Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron ordered the “corporate death penalty” for the Trump organization. Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance also used the term “corporate death penalty.”
“The leading Republican candidate has been found liable for sexual assault and fraud, his companies found guilty of fraud, and he’s charged with 91 OTHER felony counts. That he is not dismissed politically out of hand says much more about us, than about him,” observes MSNBC’s Andrew Weissmann, the well-known former lead prosecutor in Robert S. Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office and former FBI General Counsel.
Attorney, retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and former administrative law judge Moe Davis responding to the news, writes: “Trump is the eponymous fraudster. The name Trump is to fraud what Campell’s is to soup, Kleenex is to tissue, and ping is to pong.”
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