In keeping with their failed efforts to upend health reform, Senate Republicans are using several tactics to delay passage of the reconciliation bill now being debated. First it was a work stoppage (are Senators unionized?), and now it is a string of irrelevant, and sometimes dangerous, amendments.
Dismiss talk of witch-hunters as fringe wing-nuttery at your own risk — public health advocates know better after dealing with witch-doctors and AIDS. The challenge is distinguishing the good witches from the bad.
The Senate is moving closer to a vote on PEPFAR, but there is still time to fix the bill allowing the work horse of prevention to pull the cart of treatment, lightening the load by reducing the number of people infected. Congress has burdened the horse with ideology, and put the cart in front.
There appears to be movement in the Senate on PEPFAR. But because negotiators started from a position of weakness, the movement is mostly backwards. Scrap it until the new Congress, and learn from the mistakes.
Desmond Tutu asks US Senate to “Make God’s world a better place” and pass PEPFAR, AIDS vaccine quest stalled, Michigan Gov. Granholm vetoes late-term abortion ban.