News about the details of the Democrats' health care bills gets worse. Today’s Washington Times calls the bills "Obamacare's Racial Bigotry."
The Heritage Foundation's Hans A. von Spakovsky points out that the bills promote racial discrimination. The Senate bill would award billions of dollars to schools that train medical-service providers.
“(P)riority” for federal dollars is to be given only to those institutions offering “preferential” admissions to underrepresented minorities (according to race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and religion, depending on which section of the bill you look at). Thus, schools will be unable to compete for essential federal funding unless they adopt admission policies that intentionally and deliberately discriminate...
The Senate bill even creates a federally funded and administered medical school called the United States Public Health Services Track to “grant appropriate advanced degrees.” Priority in admissions is to be given to “students from rural communities and underrepresented minorities.” (“Underrepresented minorities” is liberal code for “Asians need not apply.”)
One group making out well, as usual, are the lawyers:
(S)ections of the bill require lots of data collection regarding race, ethnicity, sex, and so on. Those data will be used to implement quotas of all kinds and put providers at risk of being sued. For example, the data will help trial lawyers pursue “disparate impact” cases against physicians and hospitals — even if the differing health outcomes of patients have nothing to do with actual discriminatory treatment by providers.
Liberals funneling other people's money (yours) to favored minorities and trial lawyers. Business as usual.