This story is ostensibly about how Senators KirstenGillibrand and Kamala Harris are sponsoring legislation to reduce maternal mortality. But the story also reveals the blatant hospital hypocrisy that is at the core of the U.S. healthcare failure.
The story begins with the following:
"This week, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris introduced a pair of bills aimed at preventing negligence in hospitals that results in deaths and medical complications, and fixing the tragic racial disparity in how many women die before, during, and after childbirth."
In other words, the root problems are negligence and racial disparity.
But then Senator Gillibrand defines the solution as:
"Hospitals have struggled under a lack of funding for a long time and the MOMS Act helps them because it would provide funding and get the data so we can understand the depth of the problem."
Since when are negligence and racism solved by paying more money?
This is the malignant hospital culture at its worst: "We're failing. Pay more". Yet the hospital industry continues to wrap politicians around its finger.
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