Obama and Health Equity: So Close, Yet So Far

A couple of weeks ago, Obama was featured on the front page of the New York Times, laughing in an Iowa bookstore while holding up a copy of  Mitt Romney’s book, ‘No Apology’ and Karl Rove’s book, ‘Courage and Consequence’. On tour celebrating the passage of health care reform legislation, he joked that’d he’d wait for the movies. But in this lighthearted moment, did Obama realize that he was within arm’s reach of a book which contains the single reason why Americans, despite being citizens of one of the richest, most powerful countries in the world and spending exorbitant amounts of money on health care, die younger than their counterparts in any other developed nation? And how would he feel to find out that his championed legislation will do little to address this?

The Spirit Level, unlike Romney and Roves’ books, is no joke. With evidence hard to ignore, it convincingly demonstrates how one single factor, the gap between the rich and the poor, lies at the heart of America’s desperate health condition, and why despite increases in health care coverage, grave health inequities will continue to plague our communities.

And he was so close…

3 thoughts on “Obama and Health Equity: So Close, Yet So Far

  1. Agreed. One must wonder whatever happened to the aide (it couldn’t have been an official) that inserted economic inequality as the root cause of American health problems in one of the Administration’s early reports on the state of economy…

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