World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 07 Apr, 2021 08:30 am

Boston-area hospital to offer “preferential care based on race”

Boston-area hospital to offer “preferential care based on race”
The new “pilot initiative,” set to launch later this spring, uses a “reparations framework” based on critical race theory.

Amid a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and internationally, an explicitly racially-based health care program will be implemented later this spring at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a globally known medical center in Boston.According to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity,” including “education, health care, housing, social services.” The bill was passed during an upsurge of the working class in the US in the 1960s, which had as one of its principles the ending of official discrimination along racial lines, including in health care.The underlying ideology behind the attempt to impose race-based health care is known as “critical race theory,” which holds that social inequality is caused by white racism against “people of color.

This is a right-wing position, which explicitly denounces calls for unity across racial lines in a struggle for quality health care for all.From this “framework” flows the claim that the underlying problem in health care is “structural racism,” and the only solution is for Brigham’s and other hospitals to carry out reparations, termed “medical restitution,” to those deemed to have suffered from the hospital’s supposed unjust practices.

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