The state of Ohio is discriminating by race with the way it selects members of a healthcare board.
Look no further than its mandate on who’s eligible to serve on the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. As the Pacific Legal Foundation has uncovered, the state is placing race above the qualification that matters most in healthcare: Expertise.
The Ohio Revised Code not only contains racially discriminatory criteria for membership to this board; it specifies exactly which races and ethnicities it requires. Of the twenty-one members, appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate, “at least one member of the board shall be of African, Native American, Hispanic, or Asian descent.”
Such discriminatory mandates reflect the woke corruption of healthcare. States like Ohio likely restricts membership on this board in order to please woke activists who demand race and ethnicity quotas in the name of “diversity, equity, and inclusion.” Yet discrimination violates federal law and the U.S. Constitution.
The Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board oversees critical parts of the behavioral health field. When board members are chosen by race, they are potentially deprived of more qualified experts. It can result in less medically sound policies and opens the door to more woke extremism. Health authorities should be solely focused on improving health outcomes, regardless of race, gender, or any other consideration.
Do No Harm is dedicated to fighting discrimination in health care. If you or anyone you know wants to serve on this board, please contact us. We’d love to work with you to restore fairness and equal treatment to Ohio.
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