>> Step one will be to repeal Obamacare.>> With all the talk of the potential impact of rolling back Obamacare on the sick, the young, and those living in poverty, there's another group bracing for what could be disastrous consequences, patients with HIV. As the GOP considers how to make good on its pledge to scrap President Obama's signature legislation, its leadership from Paul Ryan to Donald Trump will have to contend with the risks of reducing or disrupting coverage for patients across America.
Reuters editor, Ed Tobin.>> The plight of HIV patients is one of the many challenges that Republicans face when they try to repeal Obamacare. Not only just because of the complicated nature of the insurance that HIV patients get. And the proven fact that regular medications can decrease the risk of the disease, and therefore the transmission.
There's also broad support across the country at a state level for funding of these programs that keep HIV patients to get their regular medication.>> The more than one million HIV positive Americans have been major beneficiaries of one of Obamacare's most popular provisions. The elimination of preexisting conditions, like preventing insurers from charging more, to requiring plans that offer the full menu of HIV medications.
Which have been tremendously effective in turning what was once a deadly epidemic, into an illness that can now be managed and contained. Any break in coverage could have a deadly impact as research has shown conclusively.>> That treatment of HIV not only improves the health of people infected, it stops the transmission of the virus that causes AIDS.
As a new Congress and the incoming administration shift from the campaign trail theater on health care to actual policy, HIV advocacy groups are urging them not to amend or repeal the law, without a viable replacement plan.