Elton John Urges Gov. Scott to Save HIV/AIDS Funding

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Singer Elton John is urging Gov. Rick Scott to protect a program that helps low-income HIV/AIDS patients obtain medication needed to control the virus.

John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, wrote to Scott Tuesday after hearing the Department of Health was considering
changes in income eligibility.

A department spokeswoman said there are no immediate plans to
change the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, though it held hearings to
discuss the possibility of lowering income requirements to participate.

In their letter, John and foundation Chairman David Furnish said lowering income eligibility could mean 1,600 people will no longer receive help obtaining antiretroviral medication.

Furnish said in a phone interview, "We were horrified when we heard this and we wanted to reach out and make our unhappiness known to the governor."


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  • by RetiredMarine Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    I have a better idea, let those who lead high risk life styles pay for it. If the state pays for it the Governor should enact a " Gay " tax to finance it....
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      by RetiredMarineEducator on Jun 2, 2011 at 07:40 AM in reply to RetiredMarine
      Anyone with a pulse can get AIDS, not just the gay ones, and in todays world some people are even born with AIDS. Its not even majorly the gay community anymore, there are just as many straight people with the disease, and to put a tax on people for being who they are is wrong, they dont give you a "Marine Veteran" tax or anything. You need to take a serious look at yourself and wonder how you would act if you were the one with AIDS relying on medication
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        by SH88 on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM in reply to RetiredMarineEducator
        Yes anyone can get AIDS, that's a fact. But AIDS still prevails primarily in the gay community, and drug addicts. The number straight and non-drug addicts with AIDS has actually decreased over the past 10 years. Ref.- Center of Disease Control. BTW, thanks for your service!
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        by RetiredMarine on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:21 PM in reply to RetiredMarineEducator
        Thanks to IV drug users, bi-sex, promiscuity, contaminated blood donors and improperly sterilized medical equipment your right. But the highest rate of infection belongs to, can you guess which group? Homosexual males. So educate me, I'm waiting...
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          by RetiredMarineEducator on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:43 AM in reply to RetiredMarine
          The main emphasis I meant to convey with my statement was on your "Tax" suggestion, you cannot simply say that gay people need to be taxed because the disease originated with homosexuals, say there were a virus that was widely spread among heterosexuals, would you demand a "Straight" tax? Not all homosexuals are responsible for the disease.
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      by RetiredMarine on Jun 3, 2011 at 04:44 PM in reply to RetiredMarine
      The majority of us don't choose to live outside of the norm and participate in acts which all of the free world know and regard as unsafe. So instead of calling it a " Gay tax " lets refer to it as a stupidity tax. Satisfied?
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        by a on Jun 5, 2011 at 01:01 PM in reply to RetiredMarine
        And what would be the limit for this "Stupidity Tax"? no matter who you are I am sure someone's intelligence level is above yours, in which case you would be the stupid one, or in the case of lifestyles, perhaps straight people, what with the added burden of unplanned pregnancy, would be considered stupid when they have sex. stupidity is a relative term, and you sir, are a bigot.
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          by Ididn'tInhale on Jun 6, 2011 at 03:55 AM in reply to a
          What makes him a bigot? Is he a bigot for bringing emphasis to those who are responsible for the continuing HIV/AIDS pandemic, or is he a bigot because like me, he hasn't fallen victim to the gay propaganda machine?
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          by a on Jun 6, 2011 at 05:11 AM in reply to a
          Bigot- a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. which is exactly how he has been in all of his posts. It doesn't always have to be over a gay issue.
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          by RetiredMarine on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to a
          Nice to know I have a following. Read all of my posts? How sweet. Anytime I touch a nerve on a soft hearted, why can't we all be friends type, I know I'm right....
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          by a on Jun 6, 2011 at 11:39 AM in reply to a
          i have no interest with making friends with people like you, you are the one's who ought to be taxed, we can call it the "Bigot" tax
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      by RetiredMarine on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:16 AM in reply to RetiredMarine
      Hey " a", let me know when that tax is due? I'm a conservative and don't mind paying what I owe. Take care " Pal ".
  • by tom Location: madison on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    Why doesn't Elton John get his country to pay for research if it is so badly needed and leave Florida alone?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    If Elton John wants to change Florida politics, he needs to run for office. Otherwise he is just another citizen represented by a Representative and Senator.
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      by US citizen on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM in reply to
      And not even an American citizen. Why should our Gov. care how he thinks we should spend Florida's tax money?
  • by Survival of the Fittest on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    AIDS can peter out on its own. Once those with it die off, the disease is wiped out.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to Survival of the Fittest
      so how many MORE poeople have to die before it is "wiped out"?
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        by SH88 on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:42 PM in reply to
        If you get AIDS you will die. Yeah there's medicine to ward off the effects but sooner or later AIDS will kill you. So the answer to your question, all of them.
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          by Educator on Jun 2, 2011 at 07:36 AM in reply to SH88
          EVERYONE dies smart one. its a fact of life, and for your information, AIDS does not in fact kill anyone, it weakens your immune system, and then other illnesses kill them. If they are treated then they have just as much a chance to live as you or I. Do some research.
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          by SH88 on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM in reply to SH88
          @ Educator: You're trying to find every possible excuse to prove yourself right. There is no hope for you. What causes AIDS patients to catch those new illnesses that usually wouldn't kill the avergage healty person? AIDS. "If they are treated then they have just as much a chance to live as you or I." Really? You completely contradicted yourself. "EVERYONE dies smart one." Very true, but only AIDS patients die as a result of AIDS.
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          by Educator on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:46 AM in reply to SH88
          I was simply referring to your comment "If you get AIDS you will die" actually its "If you are born, you will die" fact of life, but everyone has the right to live as long as they have the will to hang on, even if they require medical assistance.
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      by Thom on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to Survival of the Fittest
      You obviously do not understand the full effect, extent and life-cycle of the AIDS virus. Additionally, why is common, human compassion so lacking in these blogs, especially from proclaimed supporters of Scott and/or the Tea Party?
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        by Bobby on Jun 1, 2011 at 02:50 PM in reply to Thom
        You will know a tree by its fruit.
  • by Don't worry about it. on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    SH88 you are a A-hole! you have no sympathy for anything. I have read your comments on a few post, and your just ignorant. Everyone who has AIDS doesn't sleep around. You have some people who catches it from their Husband's/wives and are faithful to their significant other while their partner is sleeping around. If you can't be thoughtful and considerate sometime why don't you just SHUT YOU TRAP. People like you make society worse than what it is.
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      by RetiredMarine on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM in reply to Don't worry about it.
      But someone is responsible. Either through drugs, promiscuity or unsafe sexual acts that partner or child became a victim. Either way it's a morally bankrupt part of society thats responsible.....And since you seem to support them, tell us how they are making the world a better place?
  • by Elton Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    Although Elton John is a fantastically talented musician, his credibility as a spokesperson for AIDS is like a rat lobbying for cure for the plague.
  • by SWF taxpayer Location: TLH on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Hey Elton, these are your peeps. Use your money to pay for their care. Florida doesn't want to.
  • by SH88 Location: tally on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Quit sleeping around, quit using drugs and you won't have to worry about AIDS
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      by big shady on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:23 AM in reply to SH88
      pretty much sums it up there.
  • by Logical Thinking Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    I see the Gov. Scott bashers are out early today.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Why does everyone expect the govt to take care of them and their wants? Let those with the disease take of it by themselves...there is no money...why is that so hard to understand? Less fortunate? They got that disease, most of them, through their own choices and lack of sense and yet, you expect those paying taxes to help them when we can barely help ourselves?
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