Ohio state lawmaker fired by health system employer

I knew that this was a thing, but I didn’t know that he was an ED doc. And people wonder why black folk have to get up and speak… Good riddance!

State Rep. Steve Huffman faced immediate backlash after making the comments earlier this week at a state Senate Health Committee hearing in Columbus.

“I understand African Americans have a higher incidence of chronic conditions and that makes them more susceptible to death from COVID. But why does it not make them more susceptible to just get COVID?” Huffman asked.

“Could it just be that African Americans or the colored population do not wash their hands as well as other groups? Or wear a mask? Or do not socially distance themselves? Could that be the explanation for why the higher incidence?”

In a statement, TeamHealth, the health professional contractor that employed Huffman, condemned the rhetoric.

Michael L. Douglas @doctorpundit

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