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Sharpton, Watts pressure Obama on black health gap

By Staff

March 14, 2010, 1:30 p.m. -  Al Sharpton, a former Democratic candidate for president, and J.C. Watts, a former Republican Congressional representative, seemed to be pressuring the White house to address disparities in health care for blacks.

"We must not lose sight of the fact that there continues to be a disparity in health care in our minority communities," a statement from the two reads. "As a nation we need to focus on more quality health care for minority populations, and reimbursement for the physicians and hospitals to provide these essential services. This bill ignores the minority disparity issue."

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The statement concludes:

"These disparities have existed for decades and true reform needs to address these issues. As the health care reform debate continues, we are working together to emphasize the need for a focus on specific actions that will improve our opportunity to manage costs, enhance services to minority populations, their health care needs, and those of the physicians, hospitals and health centers who deliver health care with inadequate resources."

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