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November 18, 2019

Health Care for All Must Include Everyone

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  • 1Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Boston
  • 2Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Columbia Law School, New York, New York
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(1):13-14. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4247

The US population is grappling with basic questions about values. The mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, on August 3, 2019, confirmed what many people have felt for some time; immigrant communities appear to be under siege. As we reflect on how the nation can recover from this tragedy and other assaults, we must ask a fundamental question, Are we committed to recognizing the basic humanity of each person in the United States? We unquestionably believe the answer should be yes. If so, then every person in the United States deserves access to health care regardless of their immigration status.

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