By Shelia Newman, MS, President
Retiring Senator Tom Harkin and I have common interests. We share a passion for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and we both support the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We have both been to Cuba twice and we have both been criticized for our comments about Cuba’s healthcare system.
Neither Senator Harkin nor I said that Cuba has better healthcare than the US - what we said is we think Cuba’s healthcare “system” is impressive.
Senator Harkin and I praised the strengths of Cuba’s system, including a focus on preventative healthcare and training enough healthcare workers to serve every community. We are not alone in our praise. Salim Lamrani, in an October 2014 Huffington Post blog wrote: “During her recent visit to Havana in July of 2014, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), impressed by the country's...