Sen. Elizabeth Warren says if hospitals keep letting Black mothers die, they should lose funding

Sen. Warren called out racism as the root cause for Black women's high maternal mortality rates in the U.S. and described a plan to address it.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) while speaking at the She The People conference rolled out a policy plan that would address the racial disparity between Black and white mothers.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) says it’s time to move beyond talking about the problem of Black mothers dying and make hospitals find solutions or pay up.

At the She The People conference in Houston on Wednesday, Sen. Warren rolled out a policy plan that would address the racial disparity between Black and white mothers.

“We have failed our mamas, we have failed our babies,” Sen. Warren told the crowd, eliciting loud cheers and applause.

While the United States has an exceptionally high maternal mortality rate across the board, Black women die at 3 to 4 times the rate of white women.

“If providers deliver quality care to black moms, they’ll make more,” Sen. Warren later tweeted. “If they don’t, they’ll make less. Don’t just observe and debate racism in health care. Make providers pay until this crisis is fixed.”

“Hit health care providers in their wallets. Make it unacceptable for providers to tolerate our high rates of moms dying—especially Black moms,” Warren continued.

The haunting stories of women like Shalon Irving, a 36-year-old PhD and epidemiologist at the CDC, who died after giving birth and Kyira Dixon Johnson, a married mother of one who died of a hemorrhage at a hospital after giving birth to her second child, remind Black women that we are all vulnerable to a broken healthcare system.

When tennis great Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter, her money, accomplishments, and privilege still didn’t prevent her from experiencing a pulmonary embolism and being ignored by doctors.

In addition to Warren’s ideas around healthcare, she’s made headlines for other proposed policies— promising to cancel student loan debt, institute universal and affordable childcare, and get rid of the electoral college.

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