Tackling entrenched healthcare disparities

When families in the Massachusetts 7th struggle with some of the highest per capita healthcare costs in the nation, even as they live in the shadow of some of the best healthcare institutions in the world – our system is broken. When working parents are forced to ration their child’s insulin because they can’t afford the cost of a new prescription – our system is broken. When Black women remain nearly four times as likely to die from childbirth complications as white women – our system is broken. When one unexpected medical bill can tip a family into bankruptcy – our system is broken. Fundamental change is needed to shrink the huge disparities that have become so embedded in our healthcare system.

Our residents deserve and demand healthcare justice.

That’s why we need Medicare For All. No one should go bankrupt while they are fighting for their lives. Healthcare should be readily available, responsive, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and truly affordable. It’s long past time to remove the perverse incentive that life-saving healthcare should be a for-profit endeavor, and to ensure that every person in our country has regular, affordable access to healthcare. It’s also why we must focus on improving health outcomes for groups that are too often marginalized and overlooked in our national health care debate, including women and girls, those impacted by trauma and gun violence, men and women who are homeless, individuals and families struggling with addiction, and immigrants facing barriers to care. It’s why we need to invest in community health centers, which are so often on the frontlines – providing critical healthcare services and safeguarding the health of entire communities.