Barbara Bush Says Health Shouldn’t Be A Political Issue But A Human Right

Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush Jr, daughter of former President George W. Bush is the first female president in her family! That is, the president of the Global Health Corps, an organization that she is the CEO and Co-Founder of.

The GHC has been around since 2009. It is a team based out of New York City, who mobilize and equip people go work in various countries in Africa bringing awareness about health. Their mission statement is “Health is a Human Right” and they are working to bring better healthcare in poor countries who aren’t educated enough to get what they need.

So that’s all well and good, why are we telling you this? Because Barbara Bush, twin sister of Jenna Bush Hager wants nothing to do with politics and everything to do with taking action to make a difference in the world. Sure, you’d expect the offspring of any president to do something pretty important with their lives, but Barbara’s mission extends beyond just her home turf and that’s what we love!

She tells Elle Magazine‘s October Issue her passion was ignited after a trip to Africa in 2003 with her family, during her final year at the prestigious Yale University. The trip was to launch a program called the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has become the most admired of his legacies. President Obama himself admitted what a monumental initiative this is, saying “Because of the commitment of the Bush administration and the American people, millions of people’s lives have been saved.”

Huh! Turns out some of “Dubbya’s” best work was after his presidency!

That trip became the catalyst for Barbara’s life. “Seeing literally thousands of people lining the street waiting for drugs that they needed to live, that we had in the United States, was something that was very hard for me to wrap my brain around,” she says. “The lack of justice in that.”

Barbara and George W. Bush

This trip also made her change majors from architecture to humanities back at Yale, and it set the course for her future. “Every year half a million women die in childbirth,” says Jenna in the GHC video below. With statistics like that how can you not be forced to act?

“Part of it, looking back, was that I was really young and I did believe that you can change so much in the world.”

Her mother, and former first lady Laura Bush describes Barbara as having a “huge heart” which is evidenced by her willingness to go beyond her comfort zone.

After an introduction to a couple of guys who worked with an AIDS organization through her sister Jenna, the wheels were set in motion and the early stages of GHC was beginning to form.

“I knew that this was something I couldn’t take on. And I knew that it was something she could and would take on,” says Jenna of her determined sister to Elle.

Elle magazine tried to cleverly get in questions about Obamacare, and healthcare in general in America, but Barbara would have none of it. She has been very careful when it comes to publicly talking about her opinions and allegiances. Because what matters most to her is the injustice of healthcare around the world, and doing something to change it.

“Health shouldn’t be a political thing, like whether or not someone has access to what they need to live a healthy life. That’s not a political statement.” This was her answer to Elle’s question.

Barba Bush Clinton Global Initiative

While Barbara is often referred to as the quieter of the two Bush daughters, she is certainly no shrinking violet. She has been outspoken in her support for Hilary Clinton running for president in 2016, always makes a point to tell the press how much she supports her family, and is no stranger to being put between a rock and a hard place.

Then there was the time in college when a teaching assistant told her she wouldn’t get an A unless she instructed her father not to invade Iraq. Can you imagine!?

We just love what she is doing and hope her story will inspire many young women (and men) to do something that will make a difference. Passion seems to go hand in hand with that. Passion is not a selfish thing, it cannot be contained to something small. So once you find what it is that you are passionate about, be prepared to do something that will enrich not just your own life, but others’ also.

It turns out (GHC) President Barbara Bush does have world leader qualities in her after all. Don’t write off the Bush family just yet y’all!

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