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Archive: Gail Christopher

Health Care Passage: Just The First Step

Gail Christopher / Dec 26 2009

For Release Saturday, December 26, 2009

Gail ChristopherThe best news about the health care legislation now on the brink of congressional approval is that the United States will be making an historic move toward providing care for all Americans at reasonable costs. Some 30 million more Americans will be covered–moving us, finally, toward the universal coverage standards long observed by all other industrialized democracies.

But–when President Obama signs the legislation, this will be a Christmas present very much in need of assembling. The added millions of insurance recipients will provide one of the most daunting management and public administration challenges we’ve ever faced. This is bigger than welfare reform, education reform, even homeland security. Read More »

Health Equity for all Americans: As Big An Issue as Insurance

Gail Christopher / Aug 21 2009

For Release Friday, August 21, 2009

Gail Christopher Over 80 percent of Americans, according to a recent Time magazine poll, say they’re “satisfied” with their health care plans. But as the discussion escalates and special interest groups struggle over health care system reform that broadens insurance coverage, we’re missing the voices of a major population segment. Check with Americans of color and a disturbing picture emerges: they’re receiving less effective health care, experiencing worse health outcomes, than the population at large.

We know from repeated surveys that our minorities–African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders–experience higher rates of infant mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV Infection/AIDS and cancer than Americans in general. They also face higher rates of disability, chronic disease and premature death. Read More »

Dare We Envision A Post-Medicalized America?

Gail Christopher / Sep 18 2008

For Release Sunday, September 21, 2008

Gail Christopher

Health care reformers are celebrating the fact that both presidential candidates listen to the poll data and promise, if elected, to fix the issue of peoples’ access to health care coverage.

The Republican and Democratic plans have clear differences. But they’re together on one point: they only address access to formalized health care — the doctor-hospital-prescription-medical side. Neither party’s plan recognizes mounting, compelling evidence that the most effective strategies to further peoples’ health are common sense measures we as a nation could undertake.

What are those measures? They’re hidden in plain sight. They include making neighborhoods safer, streets more walkable, and reducing contaminants so that we can have more safely breathable indoor and outdoor air. Read More »