Biden Cabinet Agency Denies It Has ‘Anti-Racism’ Policies. Internal Documents Tell A Different Story

Biden Cabinet Agency Denies It Has ‘Anti-Racism’ Policies. Internal Documents Tell A Different Story

  • July 10, 2024

Robert Schmad, Daily Caller

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Joe Biden is integrating “anti-racism” into its operations, despite HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra denying the existence of anti-racist policies within his agency.

“I would challenge you to show me where in our policies we call anything we’re doing ‘anti-racism’ policies,” Becerra said in a 2022 House hearing, denying that his agency had any such policies on the books. HHS, however, has proposed altering policy to integrate anti-racism and discussed using the approach to modify healthcare practices under Becerra, according to internal communications and agency documents obtained by Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

“At the very least, the American public should be able to expect that HHS leadership would be forthcoming with members of Congress about what the agency is doing,” PPT Director Michael Chamberlain told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Apparently, however, that is a bridge too far but, unfortunately, not inconsistent with the behavior of the agency that heads the public health bureaucracy that has so thoroughly squandered the American public’s trust in recent years. The Secretary’s deflection and evasion provide further evidence that the mission of the current leadership has strayed far from the mission the public expects the agency to pursue.”

In January 2022 the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a sub-agency of HHS, was scheduled to brief Becerra on the specifics of his agency’s “anti-racism and equity proposal,” according to a presentation obtained by PPT. The content of the slide going over the anti-racism plan, however, was redacted as the agency determined it was covered under a FOIA exemption for privileged communications.

“Systemic racism and other biases are built into healthcare delivery and, while healthcare alone will not be able to create health equity, health equity requires change in healthcare delivery,” an un-redacted section of the presentation reads. The presentation also identifies improving AHRQ’s handling of “anti-racism” and equity in healthcare as among its “potential areas for growth.”

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