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  (Mr. SCHIFF asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
  Mr. SCHIFF. Madam Speaker, Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: ``Of 
all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking 
and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death.''
  As our Nation confronts the crisis of coronavirus, we must also 
confront the crisis of systemic racism in our society. Nowhere is the 
fight for racial justice more urgent than in the field of health.
  The legislation I introduced this week would create a clear and 
forcible standard for equal healthcare, treating it as a civil rights 
issue, as it is, and provide strong tools to identify inequitable care 
and correct it wherever it is found.
  I acknowledge and thank Dwayne Hall, whose own family experience with 
bias in healthcare was a driving force behind this legislation and 
without whose leadership this bill would not have been possible.
  Every American deserves quality care and every American deserves 
equal care. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this bill 
to make health equity a reality in this country.