Why isn’t the Biden administration being honest about its anti-racism healthcare policies? That’s the question after Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra testified to Congress last week.
Sec. Becerra said there’s no policy that bribes doctors to implement divisive and potentially discriminatory anti-racism plans. But there is. As Do No Harm has documented, HHS is offering higher Medicare reimbursement rates to physicians who embrace such plans. Anti-racism requires treating patients differently based on skin color, which means providing preferential care for some while deprioritizing care for others.
Kudos to Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer and Missouri Rep. Jason Smith for pressing Sec. Becerra on the issue. Yet in response to their questions, the Biden administration’s top healthcare official said the existence of his own policy is “misinformation.”
Do No Harm immediately responded, pointing directly to the federal regulations that detail this policy. Our Chairman, Dr. Stan Goldfarb, made clear:
“Secretary Becerra should level with the public about what his agency is doing. If he thinks paying doctors more as a reward for compliance with woke policies is a good idea, he should say so. And if he was unaware that this is what his agency is doing, he needs to withdraw the policy immediately. The only misinformation we heard today came from Secretary Becerra.”
Americans deserve to know that radical ideology is sweeping over healthcare. And they deserve to know that the Biden administration is behind the push to put division and discrimination in the doctor’s office – even if the HHS Sec. Becerra refuses to admit it.
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