Healthcare for everyone must be of priority concern as individual and community health is connected to social and economic conditions. In addition to comprehensive healthcare for everyone, it is imperative we fight for community health centers which focus on promoting preventative care and wellness for all of us, especially in our marginalized communities. This is an essential aspect of primary healthcare which has been downplayed and forgotten.

Additionally, we also must not forget to include all residents in our healthcare conversations including those needing multi-lingual, ASL, multicultural, disAbility-related and culturally competent services, as well as protecting our undocumented neighbors who need care and assistance without fear of repression and deportation.

We also must eliminate inherent discriminatory practices in healthcare which create inequities in access to and delivery in care and medical deserts that disproportionately affect our communities of color, elderly, low-income and low-low-income impoverished families, homeless, those with disAbilities, incarcerated and re-entry persons, those with language barriers, lack of transportation, access to care... 

In addition to fighting to ensure comprehensive healthcare - medical, dental, vision, mental health, life - is fully available to all in support of Medicare for All, we believe it important to continue fighting to mandate counties provide trauma-equipped medical centers in all areas, esp. marginalized communities.

In addition, we will ensure equity is built into this single-payer health care system by allocating funding for hospitals and community care centers in rural and urban areas that are lacking access, as well as funding and resources to support the education and training of physicians, nurses and other medical professionals and staff to live and work in these  communities impacted by lack of services, especially Black, Brown, Indigenous, and low-income and rural communities. When these professionals are inundated with $100ks in bills and loans, it is unlikely they are to return to these communities to work, but rather opt out to work in lucrative jobs in the private sector or more affluent communities. Offering relief from these payments will incentivize more medical professionals to return to work in our communities. This connection to community and the cultural competence they possess is rich, vitally important, and irreplaceable. 

We are painfully aware that medical coverage and actual access to care does not equate to equity, especially when a fair number of people reside in healthcare deserts. It is of little value to have an insurance account or card when the closest hospital is thirty or forty minutes away so a medical condition then may become an emergency medical situation or when Catholic Church-owned hospitals are permitted to refuse services like fertility treatments, abortions, birth control, or certain LGBTQI services, based on its religious ‘principles’, regardless of the patients' wants or needs.

Single payer care would end health disparities, effectively control costs, and assure that everyone has equal access to an excellent standard of care, especially for these marginalized communities, and Black & Indigenous post-partum Women. It will also provide protections for people with pre-existing conditions, work to eliminate loopholes for insurance companies denying access to non-pharmaceutical based treatment programs. 

We have made this a priority, not only because the community has signaled it as a priority, yet because Quality Healthcare is a Human Right that the entire country should have.

 

 

 

 

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