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missile_bender Donating Member (193 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-14-04 10:00 AM
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Racial Disparities Played Down
Washington Post

A federal report on racial disparities in health care was revised at the behest of top administration officials -- and a comparison with an earlier draft shows that the version released in December played down the imbalances and was less critical of the lack of equality.

Government officials acknowledged and defended the changes yesterday, even as critics charged that the Department of Health and Human Services rewrote what was to be a scientific road map for change to put a positive spin on a public health crisis: Minorities receive less care, and less high-quality care, than whites, across a broad range of diseases.

The earlier draft of the report's executive summary, for example, described in detail the problems faced by minorities and the societal costs of the disparities, and it called such gaps "national problems."

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The problem is that minorities have lazy white cells that won't get a job. And the Borg Party wants to court blacks?

"Bill Pierce, a spokesman at HHS, said the department is well aware of the importance of disparities and that the changes made to the executive summary were only a matter of seeing the glass 'half empty' or 'half full.' No statistics or tables were changed in the final report, he said."

Stop your whining. If Bush hands you lemons, make lemondae (sorry, no sugar for you).

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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-14-04 10:28 AM
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1. and they (Admin) want control (through OMB) of announcing ALL public
health alerts (such as MadCow disease). Just announced yesterday.

The folks who pushed the EPA to announce the air in NYC was "safe" (and years later learned it wasn't) just days after 9-11... The people who for political reasons revised this report so no attention would be given to this real crisis...

I don't mean to distract from the serious content of this story - just wanted to tie this story together with the one from yesterday about the OMB proposal to take authority away from other agencies to announce public health threats.
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