McCaughey: The racism of the Biden administration | Opinion
Unless you are a person of color or an advantaged minority, prepare to be treated unfairly by the Biden administration.
President Joe Biden pushes for racial equity. This is very different from equal treatment regardless of race. Racial equity means the government can treat people unequally, discriminating against white people, to equalize outcomes. For the Biden administration, that means closing the wealth gap between white and black populations — by all means.
You may think it’s “unfair” to have to pay off other people’s student loans when you’ve already paid off yours. But Biden’s White House actually champions debt forgiveness as a way to close the “wealth gap” between races, citing data showing that 20 years after starting college, the average black borrower still owes 95% of the loan, while the average white borrower has paid off all but 6%.
At the other end of the life spectrum, older white people will have a harder time getting an appointment with a doctor who takes Medicare. The Biden administration is forcing doctors to categorize their patients by race and demonstrate they have an “anti-racist” plan to address health disparities. (Federal Register, November 19, 2021, page 65969). To meet this test, black patients will be in demand – white patients, not so much.
Doctors who insist on treating patients as individuals rather than by race will be punished with lower payments. Most doctors are expected to give in to avoid punishment.
If you’re white, good luck with home buying costs. Fannie Mae’s new Fair Housing Finance Plan will help you with appraisals and closing costs, but only if you’re black.
If you are a white business owner who sells to federal government, be prepared to lose business to a competitor who identifies as “underserved”, “marginalized” or “disadvantaged”. All euphemisms for identity groups. The Biden bureaucracy gives preference to minorities in federal supply. Straight white men can take a hike.
Amazingly, the 2021 Medicare Payment Rules for Physicians printed in the Federal Register replicate language used by incendiary college professor Ibram X. Kendi in his 2019 book “How to Be an Anti-Racist.” Physicians must show a “commitment to anti-racism” to be eligible for Medicare merit pay. They are told that it will take “a lot of time and resources” to “prioritize” certain “populations”.
This is instead of treating all patients the same. Kendi argues that color blindness sustains racial inequality. “The only remedy for past discrimination is present discrimination.”
Many doctors are horrified, predicting the rule will undermine trust between doctor and patient. This suggests that black patients will have more time with the doctor and more diagnostic tests. White patients will worry about not getting antibiotics or being referred to a specialist because of their race.
Eight States and Do No Harm, an organization of doctors, are suing to overturn the rule. Stanley Goldfarb, president of Do No Harm, lambasted him for pushing doctors to “prioritize some patients over others.” Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., introduced a bill in Congress banning the rule’s “reverse discrimination.”
“Critical race theory has no place in the health profession,” says Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, one of the litigants. He says he will not allow doctors in his state “to be penalized for refusing to bow to extremism.”
It is extremism. It is imposed on Americans by what Biden calls a “whole of government” approach. We were warned, even before election night in 2020, that a Biden administration would flout America’s commitment to fairness and equal treatment under the law.
On November 1, 2020, Kamala Harris tweeted, “There is a big difference between equality and fairness.
Fair warning: fairness is what is rocking us right now.
Federal courts have declared several of Biden’s anti-white agendas unconstitutional. Others will likely fall. But until then, Biden’s push for fairness will foment racial hostility not seen in half a century.
Don’t be fooled by the president’s rhetoric on August 28, when he commemorated the civil rights leaders who marched on Washington, DC, 59 years ago. They fought against racial injustice. Biden is not.
It imposes anti-white discrimination on everything from housing to health care. It’s racism by any other name.
– Betsy McCaughey is a former Lieutenant Governor of New York and author of “The Next Pandemic.”
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