Monday, October 26, 2009

Should affordable health care can be considered a fundamental human right?

Since the health care debate began, advocacy groups, including the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza, have been arguing for a public option and for health care that's affordable for all their members. But will they be successful in using a civil rights organizing platform to affect the health care debate?

Statistics show black hospital patients far less likely to survive heart attacks than white patients; black and Hispanic preschoolers less likely to receive asthma medications than white kids; minority residents of nursing homes less likely to get glasses or hearing aids; and minority women wait twice as long as white women for follow-up tests after an abnormal mammogram.
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