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Mullin Highlights Need for Native Physicians in our Health Care Workforce and Vaccine Hypocrisy During Health Hearing

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) highlighted the need to increase the number of American Indian and Alaskan Native professionals in America’s health care workforce during a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing yesterday. It is estimated that America’s workforce will decline by over 20 percent due to President Biden’s vaccine mandates, which will further minimize this representation.

Video of Mullin’s remarks can be found here.

“With our frontline health care workers, we’ve had a workforce that we depended on every day. We cheered them and thanked them for what they were doing, and they were good enough to take care of it during the heart of the pandemic,” Mullin continued. “Why are we forcing these individuals now that worked all last year without a vaccine? Now we are saying that was not good enough. That even though you were safe, even though you protected your patients, now we’re going to say that you have to get the vaccine when we already are running short on health care providers and medical professionals. I think this committee has the opportunity to make a strong ask to the administration relook at this mandate because they are running out good people when we shouldn’t be losing anyone right now.”

Mullin’s legislation H.R. 3320, the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act, would provide funding to colleges and universities to make physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, audiology, and speech-language pathology programs more accessible to underrepresented communities, including in rural areas and places with a high prevalence of racial and ethnic minorities. 

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