After the death of George Floyd earlier this year, a group of black healthcare leaders said the medical system must confront the ingrained biases within the medical profession. For years prior to Floyd’s death, medical research has shown that, in America, blacks receive inferior medical treatment, compared to whites.
In some blog posts, I have pointed out that one way we should aim to fix healthcare inequality is by holding our elected officials, at the state-level, accountable. We should hold them accountable to fix laws that underpin healthcare inequality, such as laws that limit damages, laws that limit the time an injured person must file a lawsuit, and laws that limit liability.
Governors play a key role in state lawmaking. For example, in Maryland, the governor signs bills passed by the General Assembly into law, or she vetoes them, or she allows them to become law by neither signing nor vetoing.
This year–with its health crisis, lockdowns, and debates about immunity from COVID lawsuits–showed just how important governors can be.
Soon many Americans will have the opportunity to choose new governors. As Politico astutely observes, the next two years could dramatically reshape who occupies the governors’ mansions.
According to Politico, “[t]hirty-eight of 50 states—accounting for nearly 85 percent of the U.S. population—will hold gubernatorial elections between 2021 and 2022.”
Maryland is one of them.
Maryland’s Gubernatorial Election
In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan will not be running for election. About the race for governor in Maryland, Politico writes:
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, a Black Republican, has the inside track for the GOP nomination after serving alongside the popular Hogan for eight years. But Rutherford has never been on a ballot on his own, and the GOP primary electorate may seek a Trumpier candidate after Hogan’s record of criticizing the outgoing president.
The article continues:
The flood of Democratic candidates started with long-time state Comptroller Peter Franchot but won’t end there. Reps. David Trone, Kweisi Mfume and Anthony Brown — who lost to Hogan in 2014 — are possible candidates.
It will be interesting to see if the candidates have a plan for reducing race-based disparities in the quality of healthcare hospitals, doctors, and nurses provide. It will be interesting to see if any of the gubernatorial candidates across the nation have a plan.
I’ll be the first to volunteer for or donate to a candidate
 Interestingly, some of the nation’s Democratic governors kowtowed to lobbyists and seemingly told ordinary folks to kick rocks: for example, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo bashed proposals to expand Medicare to cover everyone, approved health insurance companies’ steep premium increases during the pandemic, and jumped at the chance to help lobbyists by shielding nursing homes from coronavirus-related lawsuits.