Ted Kennedy, Orrin Hatch and the Ryan White Act

As a person who deeply believes in our democratic ideas, I am deeply worried about this hyper-partisan times where people demonize those people with differing views. Ideologues are unwilling to debate on the issues, be willing to find common ground when the debate reach an impasse, and compromise for legislation to address important issues in this nation. Without a healthy respect for differences of opinion, it’s impossible to have the give-and-take of ideas that is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy.

One of the great bipartisan pieces of legislation was the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, a collaboration between liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy and conservative Republican Orrin Hatch. The act sought funding to improve availability of and access to care for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured people affected by HIV/AIDS and their families. The program provides some level of care for around 500,000 people a year. The Ryan White programs also fund local and state primary medical care providers, support services, healthcare provider training programs, and provide technical assistance to such organizations.

This 2015 video commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Ryan White Aids Act. Health care providers and patients talked about how the Ryan White HIV AIDS program has benefited them and their communities.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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