When we say healthcare we mean also focusing on areas specific to our overall health like COVID-19, the maternal mortality rate (Black women are more than three times likely to die pre and post childbirth than white women), birth control and abortion access.
Trump-Pence: We are currently living in the Laissez-faire reality around the Trump administration’s lack of care when it comes to the coronavirus. Over 200,000 Americans and counting have died from the coronavirus this year. In 2018, Trump signed the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, a bipartisan bill that directs $12 million a year to state maternal mortality review committees. The bill funds these committees for only five years to come up with recommendations to combat the rising case of maternal mortality deaths in America. Activists have said it supports more of the same, with small improvements on the current system. Since Trump’s tenure in office, he has rolled back mandates on birth control access and abortion access during his fixation with attempting to gut the Affordable Care Act. With the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, many are concerned about the future of Roe v. Wade, which ruled that the choice to have an abortion would be protected under the Constitution without excessive government restrictions.
Again, the proof speaks for itself.
Biden-Harris: The Biden-Harris campaign has offered a plan to combat the coronavirus which includes refocusing tracing and testing efforts, ramping up the production of PPE, establishing more transparency through daily reporting from the White House and investing $25 billion in manufacturing a vaccine that will be free to all Americans. Although Biden is personally opposed to abortion, he sides with a public option which would cover contraception and a woman’s constitutional right to choose.
While Biden has a plan, there is still much distrust among Black communities when it comes to medical racism and stigmas held within the medical community. Many critics have pointed out that Black people in America will likely be untrusting of a vaccine when it comes to battling the coronavirus.