Tags: Affirmative Action | Medicine

Is There a Cure for Affirmative Action?

By Friday, 26 September 2014 09:22 AM Current | Bio | Archive

California Gov. Jerry Brown has just signed a profoundly dangerous and divisive bill. It is now state policy to investigate the racial background of all healthcare providers in The Golden State.

The left does not believe in the individual. They believe in the collective.

Each person is not a singular creation of God, but rather a small sub–unit of a larger racial or cultural grouping. To the left their identity is that of the group and group identity trumps all other considerations in government policy. Hence the reason behind passage of AB 2325. KPBS reports Brown, “has signed a bill — AB 2102 — that aims to identify gaps in the diversity of California’s health care workforce.” And how, exactly does making sure every category of healthcare professional has the proper percentage of ethnic members advance the cause of better medicine?

Do you want your surgeon to be the product of the best medical schools or the product of affirmative action?

This new law requires the state boards in charge of medical professionals report the demographic composition of each particular classification. The state data miners also want to know particular ethnicities and spoken languages. That will be easy for doctors. It’s a minimum of two: English and rudimentary Latin.

KPBS assures us, “The data will be used to inform policymakers and educational institutions about where resources should be allocated to meet the cultural needs of patients.” Although one would have thought the medical needs of the patients would take priority over the amount of melanin in the skin.

But the real motivation for the law is provided by the two groups that sponsored the bill, the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. These racial bean–counters see everything though the prism of race.

Once goals and guidelines are established it’s a very short step to quotas and a racial spoils system that instead of putting a premium on ABCs, stresses DNA.

This race–based tampering with the healthcare system in California will only degrade the level and quality of care. Under–represented groups will be essentially fire proof since falling below the racial threshold may trigger sanctions.

When Sen. Hubert Humphrey first talked about civil rights legislation in the Senate he famously declared if passage of the bill resulted on quotas he would eat the paper on which it was printed. Humphrey is dead now, but if he had kept that promise he would still be chewing.

Over the years California leftists have driven businesses and taxpayers out of the state.

After passage of this bill the exodus may soon be joined by medical professionals.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


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