October 1, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 171 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES QUALITY HEALTHCARE; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 171
(House of Representatives - October 01, 2020)
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[Page H5120] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES QUALITY HEALTHCARE (Mr. SCHIFF asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) 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. ____________________