Republican Lawmaker (And Tom Price’s Wife) Wants To Quarantine People With HIV
Georgia’s Republican Representative Betty Price thinks she knows what the true issue is with people living with HIV—they’re still living. But she has an idea on how to contain the HIV virus. Just quarantine people with AIDS.
Rep. Price—the wife of Trump’s former Secretary of Health and Human Services—laid out her plans and thoughts about people living with HIV/AIDS during a committee meeting focusing on how to improve state residents’ access to health care. After all, where else would one suggest putting sick people in camps? Not just that, but
what about their significant others?
“My thinking sometimes goes in strange directions,” Rep. Price admitted, “but before you proceed if you wouldn’t mind commenting on the surveillance of partners, tracking of contacts, that sort of thing. What are we legally able to do?” she asked Dr. Pascale Wortley, director of the HIV Epidemiology Section for Georgia Department of Health.
“And I don’t want to say the quarantine word,” Rep. Price continued, “but I guess I just said it. Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition, so we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. What would you advise or are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread?”
She then went into the problem of HIV patients living too long. “It seems to me it’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers, well not carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and at that point they are not posing a risk. So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment,” Price also said.
Price, a former doctor, seems to have already forgotten her Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. Instead of actually trying to help people living with HIV/AIDS, she wants to know how badly they can legally treat them just so they can save money. Maybe the Republican Oath should be, First, do all the harm.