HEALTH CARE

John believes that health care is a human right. While Maryland’s unique health care system has had its fair share of successes, insurance companies continue to gouge individuals, families, and businesses, while far too many Marylanders struggle to find the care they need. Almost 350,000 are uninsured.

 

The disparities in Maryland’s health care system run deep. Black and Latino Marylanders are uninsured at a disproportionate rate and are more likely to live in communities with fewer health care providers — particularly specialists. As a result, they face much higher barriers to getting the health care they deserve.

 

The infant mortality rate for Black Marylanders is almost 3 times higher than for white Marylanders and the rate of death from breast cancer for Black women is almost 20%  — over 1.5 times higher than the rate for white women in Maryland.

 

It’s clear that more must be done to guarantee universal health care in Maryland.

 

As Governor, John will:

 

  • Treat healthcare as a human right and guarantee universal health care for all Marylanders, regardless of immigration status.
  • Increase availability of primary care providers and specialty providers while ensuring all Marylanders have timely emergency care — especially in underserved Black and brown communities, and in rural Maryland.
  • Incentivize providers to locate in underserved communities, prioritizing specialists.
  • Create a permanent task force to analyze racial disparities in Maryland’s health care system, and make targeted investments to eliminate those disparities.
  • Use his bully pulpit as governor to fight for Medicare for All at the federal level. 
  • Take a holistic approach to health care by tackling the underlying causes of many health disparities such as poverty, environmental injustice, and access to fresh foods.