The days surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday are a good time to recall his words on health-care justice.
“Of all the forms of inequality,” he said, “injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.”
Sadly, those words are as apt today as they were in 1966. Consider a recent New York University study that found a 30-year gap in average life expectancy between residents of Englewood (60 years) and Streeterville (90).
Health disparities have multiple causes, of course. But, by any reckoning, differences in health-care access and affordability rank high. And, there is no better, more equitable and more efficient way to address these differences than Medicare For All (M4A).
The issue has recently become prominent in public discourse. However, M4A continues to be wrapped in distortions and confusion. Some politicians intentionally use the term loosely and inaccurately. Some speak only of the costs without explaining the savings that will more than balance out those costs.
If you’re interested in learning more about what M4A really means, I invite you to a South Side town-hall meeting on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2:30 p.m., at 6200 S. Drexel Ave., in Harris Park.
Speakers will include Michael Lighty, a nationally recognized expert on M4A for 25 years, and Timothy Faust, author of “Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next,” along with local leaders. And of course, audience members will be invited to share their thoughts and experiences concerning health-care justice.