1 - Barnes
Fred Barnes is a political commenter who previously worked with The Weekly Standard Magazine and White Commenter with The New Republic. The New Republic is an magazine on political commentary and arts.The article focuses on the slow solution of Regan taking intial action into solving the AIDS crisis. It then goes on to talk about the dangers of getting AIDS patients tested with the fear of releasing info relating to the disease to relatives for their loved ones who have it. This information is credible because it exploits the White House's officials challenge with releasing prevention to foreign services.
2 - Richert
Lucas, Richert. "Reagan, Regulation, and the FDA: The US Food and Drug Administration's Response to HIV/AIDS, 1980-90." Canadian Journal of History, vol. 44, no. 3, 2009. Accessed 9 Apr. 2019. Lucas Richert is a sessional lecturer in the Dept. of History at the University of Saskatchewa, Recieved his Ph.D. at the University of London. In the text, He summarizes that the FDA, under Reagan's leadership lacked help to those in need of medication and support. From 1985 to 1988, Reagan ignored the public of the issue, even knowing about people who were not homosexual had the disease and chose to keep quiet about the issue. It goes on to Frank Young being concerned about releasing experimental drugs later being AZT (azidothymidine) and regulatory changes in the pharmaceutical industry. This academic journal is credible because it covers historical aspects in general on the FDA's journey on changing regulations in order to suit the AIDS epidemic. With this information, I can explain the breakthrough of the FDA providing drugs in phases, in response to activism but it's failure get the drug out in time with thousands of patients dead.
Reagan expresses vague concern about AIDS victims and about the possible spread of the disease. "If somebody's got a sickness they could hurt somebody else with," the president commented at one issues lunch, "we should do something about it." (Barnes 10)
Reagan chooses to see the disease as "it's their problem" issue, thinking it's easy to tackle a disease that unable to remove.
The only person to mention AIDS at the meeting was an HHS official, and he did so in passing. Reagan just listened. That's less than he did before when Buchanan used to broach the subject at issues luncheons. Then, Reagan would get involved in the discussion. "He was very interested, and we had good discussions about AIDS," says Buchanan. "But he didn't indicate we should do anything about it." Some things never change. (Barnes 12)
Reagan was willing to talk about the crisis but he never made any changes to make the solution a reality.
Third, the president allowed his staff to delete mention of Ryan White from a widely awaited address in May 1987 to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. White, a hemophiliac teenager who had been ostracized in his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana, after he had contracted AIDS from a blood-clotting agent, was a pointed example of how anyone could contract the disease. (Richert)
About two years before the administration takes action, Ronald Regan still ignores the disease, learning from Ryan's diagnosis that the disease can also be contracted a different way other than sex and drugs.
in June 1987, the Reagan administration established a presidential commission on HIV/AIDS. Its mission was to investigate the disease in its entirety and recommend solutions. After conducting hearings into all aspects of the situation, the presidential commission produced a report in June 1988 which offered a number of measures. According to the House Committee on Government Operations, the president's response to the recommendations was to shelve them until his White House staff had properly studied them.(Richert)
Reagan administered a commission so that the disease can be looked over in its entirety before finding a proper solution to solving the AIDS crisis.