With her poll numbers in steep decline, Vice President Kamala Harris has a brilliant new idea to reverse her fortunes.
The deeply unpopular vice president is doubling down on President Joe Biden’s divisive, racially conscious “equity” agenda, with plans to dole out $1.5 billion from Biden’s COVID relief law to send more doctors to minority communities, The Hill reports.
Under the policy, medical students and professionals who make a commitment to work in “hard-hit and high-risk communities” will receive scholarships and loan repayments.
A White House press release said the funding will “help grow and diversify the nation’s health care workforce,” and boost healthcare access “in the communities that need it most during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the years to come.”
“This funding will support over 22,700 providers—the largest field strength in history for these programs and a record number of skilled doctors, dentists, nurses, and behavioral health providers committed to working in underserved communities,” the release said.
At an event Monday, Harris said the new funding would help make a workforce that “looks like America.”
“Health disparities existed long before this virus reached our shores. Health disparities stem from broader, systemic inequities,” Harris said. “Our nation must invest in a healthcare workforce that looks like America and provide access to equitable healthcare for all Americans.”
Harris bets on “equity”
The policy was recommended by the Biden administration’s “equity” task force on the coronavirus, reflecting Biden’s commitment to inject racial considerations into matters of life and death.
Ironically, while the policy purports to relieve staff shortages in healthcare, Biden is actively making that problem worse with vaccine mandates.
The $1.5 billion is part of the American Rescue Plan, which despite its innocuous name has proven very controversial. Provisions calling for farmer and restaurant relief money to be handed out on a racial basis have been challenged in court, with many decrying the policies as a form of discrimination.
However, the Biden administration has boldly pushed ahead with its radical program, recently pledging to give millions in tax dollars to illegal immigrants, as Fox News reported.
While Harris’ focus on race may play well with her base, it seems doubtful that it will do much to broaden her appeal. The vice president is already the target of unflattering rumors about her position in the Biden White House, with just 28% of voters saying they like her, USA Today noted.