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.