Volume 12
Issue 2
Fall '20

Reaction to: “Striving for the Mountaintop – The Elimination of Health Disparities in a Time of Retrenchment (1968–2018)”

Written By: Natalie Bayer

Abstract

In this article, Majette identifies the problem of widening health disparities between people of color and white Americans, and explains the recent actions taken by the Trump administration to counteract the positive effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In her article, Majette proposes a “Mountaintop Solution” to address the health disparities between people of color and non-minority groups in the United States. Specifically, Majette argues that (1) the United States must adhere to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and the first United States National Action Plan for Responsible Business Conduct, and (2) businesses in the United States should utilize the United Nations Framework and Guiding Principles for Businesses and Human Rights in response to legislation that under- mines the ACA. However, Majette fails to articulate a clear path to implement her recommendations. Specifically, she does not address the lack of political will to adhere to international treaties nor does she address the lack of enforcement mechanisms for the treaties.

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