Dear Editor,
It's a new year, a time for optimism and a sense of what's possible. It's also flu season - a time when we appreciate good health as well as health investments made on our behalf.
This is why I'm celebrating how Republicans and Democrats have been working together to help save 16 million lives over the next three years.
On Oct. 9 last year, a bipartisan group from Congress addressed world leaders, telling them the U.S. isn't backing down in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. They committed $4.68 billion from the US to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the next three years - a third of the $14 billion needed to save 16 million lives and put us back on track to ending these epidemics by 2030.
The next day, world leaders committed the rest of the money to make that goal a reality.
But if that wasn't enough good news, as of the beginning of December, both the House and the Senate had passed resolutions in support of the Global Fund. Reps. Susan Brooks and Andre Carson, as well as Sen. Todd Young, were co-sponsors of these resolutions, showing real Hoosier values put in place.
Positive things are happening in the world, a wonderful thing in this season of new beginnings.
Lisa Marchal