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In most editions of this column, I have taken extensive lengths to highlight some problem regarding the public health and show readers why both policy and leadership are failing to properly address the needs of the people affected by the problem. For this edition, I would like to take the time to discuss a new frontier that may actually be a policy move in the right direction and highlights how the changing of the guard in the United States’ two-party system can create net benefits to the public health and the needs of the vulnerable.
In a column centered around the theme of health inequity, both globally and at home here in the United States, I plan what to write on a bi-weekly basis by following the news coverage in the last few days. But, one story caught my attention in early December, and despite its lack of attention in the media or urgency in terms of policy deadlines, it is one that is truly haunting and has stayed with me since the first mention I heard of it.
At the beginning of October and after the summer of health care havoc, I almost wrote a column about how funding was near expiration for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and how Congress would need to take action before the deadline on that measure.
Before I started college, I only thought about the world outside the United States in pretty limited contexts. I was an active member of my high school’s Model United Nations club, but any debate or discourse that I engaged in about low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) had no awareness of global justice or the dynamics of institutional powers.