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What's Your Message to the Trump Administration About the Fight Against HIV?

February 27, 2017


Tami Haught

Tami Haught

Tami Haught is the president of Positive Iowans Taking Charge.

My message would be: Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act [ACA]; fix it. The ACA has changed my life. I can go to the doctor five miles from home rather than making a five-hour round-trip every time I needed to see a doctor. I get my medications from one source rather than the six I was utilizing before the ACA. I am now able to work and be a productive, tax-paying citizen. Before the ACA, I had to live in poverty to access programs that helped me cover the expense of my medications. President Obama has even said that the ACA can use improvement, and he would support changes that make it better. If the ACA is repealed, including the pre-existing condition clause, I will lose access to my life-saving medications and treatment. I will die without this access. HIV is no longer a death sentence. People living with HIV can live long, productive, healthy lives as long as we can access care and treatment. Please do not take that away from us.

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