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  • U.S. Civil Rights Commission: Racially Discriminatory Provisions in Obamacare

    On December 10th,the United States Commission on Civil Rights voted 5-1 to send this letter (pdf) to President Barack Obama and the Senate leadership about racially discriminatory provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. The Commissioners writes:

    The impetus behind such provisions appears to be the belief that racial health car disparities are cause by a shortage of medical professionals of particular races and by health workers’ lack of “cultural competency.” But as Dr. Amitabh Chandra of Harvard University testified at a recent briefing before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on health care disparities, this view is “grounded in hope more than science.”

    No matter how well-intentioned, utilizing racial preferences with hope of alleviating health care disparities is inadvisable both as a matter of policy and as a matter of law.

    Ensuring that all Americans, regardless of race, have access to quality health care requires both creativity and hard-nosed attention to data. It also requires staying within the requirements of the Constitution. The current race-based provisions of the Senate Health Care bill display none of these qualities. We urge Congress to re-examine those provisions and focus on proven methods of improving health care outcomes for minority patients and attracting the best quality health professionals to underserved communities.

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    5 Responses to U.S. Civil Rights Commission: Racially Discriminatory Provisions in Obamacare

    1. Pingback: U.S. Civil Rights Commission: Racially Discriminatory Provisions in Obamacare «

    2. Bobbie Jay says:

      What are "racial health care disparities?" The government run anything, should not be specifying or treating preferentially based on race, creed or culture. STOP THIS VIOLATION TO THE CONSTITUTION, NOW! If people want more then what's available to all equally, is what PRIVATE HEALTH CARE business is for.

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    4. Chris Machesney Par says:

      I’m saddened at the abuse and waste of tax payer dollars that occur at higher levels of the Veterans Administration. Specifically, the lack of proper accounting, maintenance, security and compliance with law(s) pertaining to Medical Records Privacy, et.al . This “lack of compliance” is profound, as several GAO reports sustain this charge.

      The Veterans Administration is currently engaged in litigation in U.S. District Court, Northern Illinois, Western Division, case number 06 CV 050131. Since July 12, 2006 the Veterans Administration has spent 10’s and 10’s of thousands of dollars in order to [perhaps] cover up their own mistakes. The Veterans Administration is adding delay in the case, arguably, forcing the disabled veteran [plaintiff] to give up or “go away”. What the Veterans Administration has put this Veteran through is nearly unspeakable. The [Plaintiff] has been victimized during the Rule 26 process by, having his, over 1,890 page UNREDACTED Medical and Psych file released to a third party. The release of these records was triggered by an erroneous Court Order. The Order ignored any HIPAA or provisions under 38 U.S.C. sec 7332. The Veterans Administration had a duty to “spot” the erroneous Order and prevent the unauthorized release. What a shame for this disabled Veteran.

      Veteran Administration Officials, [ would / should / will ] be outraged over the violations still ongoing in this case.

      It borders “Criminal and Malicious” behavior on the part of involved actors.

      The Veteran has spent over $20,000.00 in attorney fees and perhaps wishes he never filed the complaint to begin with. He is indeed worse off, more injured, broke and devastated by the whole matter. What is the matter with the system? In reality, any Privacy Laws, Policy or Procedure which the VA promulgates is all in VAIN. It means nothing.

      I truly understand why our new veterans have “utter contempt” for the Veterans Administration. The VA is perceived as untrustworthy, unaccountable and dishonest. Maybe just once, the VA could do the right thing and FIX the problem.

      Who do they think they are? Why wasn’t the case in question settled years ago? Shame on them! The 10’s and 10’s of thousand of dollars the VA has invested to defend this matter is gross. I’m sure the plaintiff would be grateful today if he had that money back.

      Please be aware of this matter. The VA’s reputation is very important. It should be fully investigated. The BULLY tactics used by the VA are unbecoming. ‘The VA should settle the matter with the plaintiff’ they have harmed him enough.

    5. Daniel Carattini, La says:

      What about protecting my constitutional civil rights as far as geting my fingerprint from the housing and Urban

      Development. Duse the Las Vegas Housing Authority has the authority to ask the residents to get there fingerprint taken after liveing with Housing for 11 years. I feel they are violating my Constitutional rights If they are violating it, who do I talk to handle this matter.

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