Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 03, 2013
Yes, some Twitter users really do seem to think that President Obama had something to do with the “functional cure” for HIV/AIDS reported earlier today:
Look, I'm not saying all the credit goes to President Obama here, but a baby born with the AIDS virus in Mississippi appears to be cured.—
Lucas Shanks (@lucasshanks) March 04, 2013
Naturally, liberals believe that Republicans would have stopped the cure if they had been able to do so.
Waiting on the GOP front runners for 2016 to denounce the HIV/AIDS cure as an act of devil magic—
Josh Bramlett (@SonofConway) March 03, 2013
Who will be the first GOP Congressman to denounce Cured-AIDS-Baby for being sexually active in the first place?—
John Walters (@jdubs88) March 03, 2013
HIV was designed by the white republicans to kill gays and keep the black population under control youkno 😥—
Mary Magdalene (@Koyin_LDN) March 04, 2013
The three drugs that were used to treat the toddler with AIDS — zidovudine, lamivudine and nevirapine — were not invented by President Obama. Nor were they created by Republican officials.
They were ushered through clinical trials and brought to market by biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies like Burroughs-Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), Biochem Pharma (now Shire Pharmaceuticals), and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Yes, these companies are part of the industry that Hillary Clinton accused of “price gouging” and “unconscionable profiteering” back in 1993.