The answer is simple. More government intervention. Start treating this like cigarette smoking. Tax and restrict this deadly behavior. Ban it in public.
“Start treating this like cigarette smoking.”
We’re doing quite the opposite. Most people with HIV/AIDs are poor or near poor. ObamaCare opens up Medicaid (for the first time) to non-disabled adults without children so long as their income is below 133% of poverty. This will automatically qualify a sizable number with HIV/AIDS for free medical care.
The new rules banning insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions or charging higher premiums based on health status also will benefit those with HIV/AIDS who today are either denied coverage outright or must pay much higher premiums to get it.
Since the medical costs of HIV/AIDS exceed $10,000 a year, the net effect of all these changes is to reduce the “price” of having HIV/AIDS. What we know from Econ 101 is that when you lower the price of something, people demand more of it. It’s a safe bet that HIV/AIDS prevalence will rise as a consequence of ObamaCare, but don’t expect Dems to advertise this sad reality.