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SAVE Dade: Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart commits support for three-year extension of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Act

From SAVE Dade:

CONGRESSMAN LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART IS FIRST FLORIDA MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SIGN ON TO LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR RYAN WHITE HIV/AIDS ACT EXTENSION

SAVEdadenewsnowlogoOn Monday, August 24, 2009, three members of Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart's staff met for an hour with C.J. Ortuno, Executive Director for SAVE Dade, Georg Ketelhohn, Vice-Chair for SAVE Dade and chair of Organizations United Together (OUT) Advocacy Network, and Michael Rajner, South Florida OUT member living with AIDS.  The meeting was a dialogue on various issues of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Miami-Dade.

Michael Rajner provided the Congressman's staff with a proposed letter in support of the Ryan White program and requested the Congressman's support.  The day after the meeting, Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart's office made known the Congressman's decision to sign on to the letter.  The letter calls on Chairman Henry Waxman and Ranking Member Barton of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to swiftly pass a three-year extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act. The current law expires on September 30th, 2009, and, without an extension, countless low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS would lose critical benefits.

SAVE Dade and OUT Advocacy Network extend thanks to Congressman Diaz-Balart for his swift action in support of this important program, and urge other Florida members of Congress to do the same.

"We cannot allow essential care for people living with AIDS to falter.  I commend the Congressman for urging swift action on this issue," said Rajner.

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I am a citizen and a registered voter. I do not agree with this new change in healthcare. Most of who I talked with are perfectly satisfied with what they have. I dont oppose to pay a minor amount of taxes to help people who cannot afford taxes but the rest stinks and I dont believe the truth has been told of all and much is hidden. I will fight this with my friends to the very end. 'This is a country of the people, you are our servants and this health care system is not what we want. 'Take a look at canada and New England that should say enought

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