Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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James HodgeHere is a conversation I had with Dr. James Hodge Jr.

ProfVRandall: Thanks for the analysis. I have a couple of questions
Do you have a link to pdf that is available on the internet that I can share with others?
What is the position of the candidates on racial health and health care disparities? How do they propose eliminating health care disparities? Could you add an explicit section on racial health and health care disparities?

ProfHodges: Do you have a link to pdf that is available on the internet that I can share with others? Very soon – SSRN is posting the manuscript online in the near future. For now, feel free to circulate the email and attached copy in PDF format if you like.

What is the position of the candidates on racial health and health care disparities? How do they propose eliminating health care disparities? 
Our analyses looked across a lot of topical areas which candidates have addressed directly since the launch of their campaigns, and unfortunately, this specific focus did not rise to our “top 10” among the candidates’ attention. This is not to suggest these profound issues are not garnering the candidates’ attention.

Could you add an explicit section? We’ve already spoken about next editions of our analyses after the debates for example – we’ll see!

ProfVRandall: Racial disparity/Racial Discrimination in health care is a significant issue for non-white voters and every bit as important an LGTBQ Rights or reproductive rights If your document is to be relevant to all voters not addressing racial discrimination in health care is a major oversight. It is not just one issue among many important issues. But an essential issue for Black, Brown, Native and Asian communities.

ProfHodges::  I concur – and I’m sure increasing attention on this profound area of health law and policy will emerge from the Democratic candidates’ campaigns.

ProfVRandall: Thank you! It will be more likely to emerge if you put out a document saying you are looking at the issue and the campaigns, for the most part, have nothing. For instance, LGBTQ Rights should be included whether or not a campaign is specifically addressing it. Racial discrimination in Health care and racial health disparities have a similar level of importance.

Presidential Health Law Issues

Vernellia R. Randall
Founder and Editor
Professor Emerita of Law
The University of Dayton School of Law

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