HEALTH

The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the inequality in American healthcare that disproportionately results in the deaths of African Americans in Detroit. The failure of politicians in Lansing to insist that universal health coverage is a right and, more greatly, a matter of life and death will continue to allow corporate interests to profit off of the suffering of Michigan’s most venerable.

With African-Americans only comprising 14% of Michigan’s population, yet 40% of all COVID-19 cases it is clear that it is minorities who suffer the most while also receiving little attention from the media or state government. The racial disparities in COVID-19 cases reflects long standing discrimination and neglect on the part of politicians in Lansing to address long-simmering healthcare crises in Detroit.

Historically, little support has been offered by Michigan’s state government for healthcare coverage. Now, hundreds of thousands of people in Detroit who live with substandard healthcare and have underlying health issues are at a much greater risk of mortality from COVID-19 as 90% of individuals who develop symptoms have preexisting conditions.

In order to help mitigate the problem universal health coverage needs to be provided by the state free-of-charge for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that the sick are able to receive the coverage they need and do so with being burdened with debt.

Universal healthcare to people under the age of 18 is needed long-term to stem the growth of deleterious health issues. By providing universal healthcare, Michigan will be able to significantly improve the quality of life for its residents and help prevent population loss that has devastated cities like Detroit. Additionally, the following steps should be undertaken to help improve the quality of and access to healthcare in Detroit:

  • Greater transparency from insurance companies and drug companies on their pricing and how they spend their money.
  • New incentives for personal wellness and preventative care.
  • Increasing access to mental health services.
  • Implementation of policies that address the National Safety Council’s six key indicators of progress in fighting the epidemic.
  • Universal healthcare coverage for every child under 18 by strengthening the state’s effective Healthy Kids program.
  • A legacy initiative focused on the removal of lead lines from municipal drinking water systems across Michigan, so a crisis like Flint never happens again.

In short, if we elect bold politicians who are willing to take decisive action, we can save lives and improve the quality of life for all Detroiters.

The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the inequality in American healthcare that disproportionately results in the deaths of African Americans in Detroit. The failure of politicians in Lansing to insist that universal health coverage is a right and, more greatly, a matter of life and death will continue to allow corporate interests to profit off of the suffering of Michigan’s most venerable.

With African-Americans only comprising 14% of Michigan’s population, yet 40% of all COVID-19 cases it is clear that it is minorities who suffer the most while also receiving little attention from the media or state government. The racial disparities in COVID-19 cases reflects long standing discrimination and neglect on the part of politicians in Lansing to address long-simmering healthcare crises in Detroit.

Historically, little support has been offered by Michigan’s state government for healthcare coverage. Now, hundreds of thousands of people in Detroit who live with substandard healthcare and have underlying health issues are at a much greater risk of mortality from COVID-19 as 90% of individuals who develop symptoms have preexisting conditions.

In order to help mitigate the problem universal health coverage needs to be provided by the state free-of-charge for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that the sick are able to receive the coverage they need and do so with being burdened with debt.

Universal healthcare to people under the age of 18 is needed long-term to stem the growth of deleterious health issues. By providing universal healthcare, Michigan will be able to significantly improve the quality of life for its residents and help prevent population loss that has devastated cities like Detroit. Additionally, the following steps should be undertaken to help improve the quality of and access to healthcare in Detroit:

  • Greater transparency from insurance companies and drug companies on their pricing and how they spend their money.
  • New incentives for personal wellness and preventative care.
  • Increasing access to mental health services.
  • Implementation of policies that address the National Safety Council’s six key indicators of progress in fighting the epidemic.
  • Universal healthcare coverage for every child under 18 by strengthening the state’s effective Healthy Kids program.
  • A legacy initiative focused on the removal of lead lines from municipal drinking water systems across Michigan, so a crisis like Flint never happens again.

In short, if we elect bold politicians who are willing to take decisive action, we can save lives and improve the quality of life for all Detroiters.

shri thanedar

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