January 13, 2023
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and his statements on health care
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 16, and many of Dr. King’s words are still as relevant today as they were during his lifetime.
On March 25, 1966 in Chicago, at a press conference prior to his speech at the second convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, King saying“Of all forms of inequality, health injustice is the most shocking and the most inhumane.”
Decades later, racial minorities are still least likely receive preventative health care services compared to their white counterparts. Minorities, including African Americans, also tend to wait longer for these services, and the services provided are often of lower quality. For many conditions, minorities experience worse health outcomes.
“So many situations lend themselves effortlessly to a quote from Dr. King,” President Roach said. “In 2023, as we swear in new members of Congress, we urge our elected leaders to remember Dr. King as they consider changes to our nation’s health care policies.”
President Roach continued: “When some members of the new Congress talk about their plans to cut Medicare and Social Security funding, we must consider the most vulnerable members of our community, including older adults, racial minorities, members of the disabled community, and those with less access to quality care. Let us remember Dr. King as we work to strengthen and preserve Medicare and make health care a priority for all Americans.”
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