The past and present of the U.S. healthcare system is rooted in racism and existing healthcare policy sustains the systemic inequity, creating and maintaining disparate health outcomes for communities of color to this day.  Racialized capitalism is the reason why the United States is one of the only developed nations without a comprehensive healthcare system. Public health policy followed a ‘states rights’ model which allows for resources such as services and hospitals to be inequitably distributed and allows for facilities to practice segregation, which began as racial but is now hidden in complex bureaucratic requirements that codify who is worthy, with similar results. The private health industry, including insurance and pharmaceutical corporations profits from the commodification of services, access and product development and licensing, all at a steep cost to communities of color. ACRE believes in fighting for a system of free, comprehensive health care for all and a removal of profit motive and finance from our healthcare systems.

Related reports & projects:
– Read our August 2020 report: Poi$onHow Big Pharma’s Racist Price Gouging Kills Black and Brown Folks