“Nonpartisan” Group Is Just A Democrat Front, Report Suggests

(FiveNation.com)- A contentious Democratic policy agenda that includes required anti-racism training and measures to base hiring decisions on race is being pushed by a prominent health care policy organization that asserts its nonpartisanship to “promote health equity” in state governments.

At its annual conference this month, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), which promotes the left-wing agenda by creating state “health policy innovations and solutions” on everything from health care coverage to prescription drug prices, announced the left-wing agenda through panels on “investing in equity” by increasing the proportion of minorities working in the health care industry. The foundation welcomed Democratic Governor Jay Inslee (Washington), who signed legislation into law last year that removed specific felonies from background checks for health workers due to their “inequitable impact” on minority applicants.

The conference takes place shortly after the group’s “State Strategies to Increase Diversity in the Behavioral Health Workforce” brief, which urged states to “target increasing engagement of Black, Indigenous, and people of color across the workforce” through regulations like mandatory “structural racism” training, was published.

In recent years, the Biden administration and blue state health departments have embraced health equity, which has become a buzzword among left-wing policymakers and can include allocating medical resources based on race. This has called into question the group’s claim to be a nonpartisan arbiter of health care policy. For instance, the health regulatory board of Oregon mandates “cultural competency” training for authorized healthcare professionals. In contrast, Massachusetts invested $250,000 to start a program last year to increase the representation of minorities in its behavioral health staff.

According to Centers for Disease Control recommendations issued by the Biden administration, the ultimate goal of such “health equity” initiatives is to assist medical professionals in “confronting the systems and policies that have resulted in the generational injustice that has given rise to health inequities.”
According to a NASHP representative, politicians from both parties agree with the organization’s equity paper.

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has been accused of having a left-wing political agenda. The organization was instrumental in helping Democrats delay Obamacare subsidies through the August-passed Inflation Reduction Act.

NASHP has strong connections to the Democratic Party.