Majority Report contributor Michael Brooks is hosting the show for Sam Seder today. In this clip, we take a look at Georgia State Rep. Betty Price’s suggestion to quarantine people exposed to HIV. It should probably be noted that Betty Price is the wife of former Secretary of Health and Human Services and all around bad guy Tom Price.
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—A state lawmaker who has drawn criticism after asking about the legality of quarantining people with HIV has said her comments were misunderstood and intended to be “provocative” and “rhetorical” in a broader conversation about curtailing the virus.
Georgia State Rep. Betty Price (R) made the statement Tuesday, at a study committee meeting on barriers to adequate health care. Committee members had been discussing, she later said, why Georgia ranks second in the nation when it came to new HIV cases.
“What are we legally able to do? I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it,” Price asked Pascale Wortley, the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s HIV Epidemiology Section, as seen in a video of the meeting.
Price, whose district includes parts of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, is a former anesthesiologist and has served on the boards of the medical associations of Atlanta and Georgia, according to her legislative biography. She is married to former U.S. health and human services secretary Tom Price.—