COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) is revealing the seriousness of our public policy failures here in the U.S. It begins with our lack of universal healthcare.
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare and Medicaid. These programs were created to provide access to health care to those most likely to be uninsured: the elderly (Medicare) and the poor (Medicaid). Indeed, a majority of these folks did not have health insurance; and, if they did have access to care through the network of charity hospitals, it was largely limited and stigmatizing.
<p>Dr. Mitchell speaks to the history of racism in the U.S.</p>
Have you ever noticed that during any conversation about racism, someone will inevitably say that “no one alive today was a slave” or that “segregation ended a long time ago—get over it!” It’s a pretty common response to assertions about the impact of racism. When someone says that, all that is being asserted is that history does not matter...and we all know that isn’t true.