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U.S. Civil Rights Commission: Racially Discriminatory Provisions in Obamacare
Posted By Conn Carroll On December 15, 2009 @ 5:03 pm In Health Care,Rule of Law | 5 Comments
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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 United States Commission on Civil Rights: http://www.usccr.gov/
 this letter: http://s3.amazonaws.com/thf_media/2009/pdf/LettertoPresidentonHC121109.pdf
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