“Healthcare is a right and not a privilege. Every man, woman and child deserves a dignified and healthy life. As ours is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and increasingly diverse nation, legislation must fully recognize and address health disparities.”
Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15)
Pregnant Mom on the Go
Speaking With One Voice Congressional TriCaucus Declares: “COVERAGE IS NOT ENOUGH”
Black, Latino and Asian lawmakers warned Democratic leaders that any health care overhaul that ignores health gaps between whites and minorities will face stiff opposition. Members of the Asian caucus, along with the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said they plan to introduce legislation this week that includes their wish list for broadening health care overhaul beyond various plans floated in the House and Senate. The three minority caucuses have a total of 91 members, most of them Democrats and enough to help shape the final legislation.
Black infants are twice as likely as white infants to die before their first birthday. Black women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but more likely to die from the disease. African Americans suffer from higher rates of diabetes, asthma, fibroids, and several forms of cancer. HIV infection rates are exponentially higher for African Americans with young black women being most vulnerable. Life expectancy for black men is the worst in the nation. These differences cannot be explained away simply by accounting for socioeconomic differences between racial groups. Black Americans have worse health outcomes even when we account for income.
The deadliest disease in America is indeed being sick or pregnant while black, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian…
Nearly 10,000 black babies die a year, in their first year because of treatment and medical availability differentials between whites and minorities. Probably a like number die during pregnancy, miscarried. More black babies die in the first yer of life alone due to inadequate health care each year than thugs shoot in the inner city murder.
And it doesn’t stop with the babies, perhaps 50,000 – 80,000 or more black people die due to lack of access to health care, or “doctor choice” not to aggressively treat minorities.
A Rwanda size genocide right here in America every 10 years. And that’s just the black folks. You start adding in what’s happening with Hispanics and other people of color – and the numbers get staggering.
In hundreds of books, thousands of articles by conservative authors and their black avatars supposedly examining racial differences, and how people of color should “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” you can’t find a damn word about this. They can talk about the statistics behind the mythical “70% illegitimacy rate”, inner city crime, and how many prisoners of color are confined in prisons…
And a number even wax self-righteously taking a “pro-life” stance…
But 10,000 or 20,000 babies lives cut short a year will never be mentioned, and if you mention the words “Health Care” their inevitable response is…
Shoveling black brown babies into Massas Gulag’s ovens.