Friday, August 21, 2009

Your article “Panel sees race bias in health care bill” (Page 1, Aug. 11) airs important issues in the debate about provisions of H.R. 3200, and it describes certain aspects of the bill that most concern a majority of the commissioners on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. I wish to clarify, however, that commission members strongly favor increasing the number and quality of medical care providers to underserved areas regardless of race.

The commission is committed to upholding our constitutional guarantees of equality before the law and, to this end, encourages constitutionally sound policies that increase the quality of medical care for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity.


Staff director

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights


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