A little-known portion of the Obamacare law includes government initiatives to “reduce racial and ethnic health disparities” through federal- and state-level Offices of Minority Health. (White people need not apply.)
Thanks to the Obama administration, these offices are now the driving force behind “culturally tailored” government care, including a new $40 million program to help prevent strokes among minority populations.
Judicial Watch reports:
In the last few years the administration has doled out north of $100 million to conquer the issue by funding initiatives that help lower chronic diseases—such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease—“disproportionately seen among poor and minority populations.” This includes a federal task force to “reduce racial and ethnic asthma disparities,” and an innovative state obesity map that reveals blacks, the poor and uneducated are disproportionately obese compared to affluent Caucasians.
Last summer the government spent tens of thousands of dollars to develop a special mobile device application “in different languages and in culturally appropriate contexts” to help “underserved and minority women fight and prevent cancer.” To assure that the app is topnotch, the government offered entrepreneurs money to create it by launching a contest called Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color App Challenge. The winner gets $85,000, second place gets $10,000 and third place $5,000.
This month’s race-based health initiative du jour aims to lower “stroke risk among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States,” according to an announcement that reveals $40 million has been allocated for the cause. Compared to non-Hispanic whites, racial and ethnic minorities such as African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian-Americans, and American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely to experience a stroke and its related disability, according to the announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency.
As Judicial Watch notes, all health issues pretty much disproportionately affect the poor and it doesn’t seem like a government program can really fix this. It does, however, seem likely that the Obama administration will continue pouring millions of dollars into funding said program.