Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) released this statement after attending the display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of its creation:
"The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a powerful reminder that behind the devastating statistics of AIDS-related deaths are the memories of real Americans -- loved by their families, partners, friends, and neighbors -- lost to this epidemic. Created 25 years ago, this living memorial implores us to ensure that we never allow indifference to the deaths of so many of our fellow citizens stop us from taking action against such a devastating public health crisis.
"The 8,000 panels displayed on the National Mall are just a fraction of a quilt that is now 50 miles long and unfortunately continues to grow as more lives are lost to AIDS. As we implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is my hope that our local, state, and federal governments work together to take advantage of its many tools, from Medicaid expansion to free preventative health care, that will help those affected by HIV/AIDS access treatment and lead healthy, long lives."