The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 - 21: Cameron Webb

Oleg Dyachenko
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Healthcare accessibility and affordability continue to be urgent issues for everyday Americans, something Dr. Cameron Webb knows firsthand as a physician and as the director of health policy at the University of Virginia. That experience, alongside his time in Washington, D.C., as a White House fellow under both the Obama and Trump administrations, pushed him to run for Congress this year. If successful in November, Webb would be the first Black doctor to sit in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he wants to work on stopping predatory health insurance companies and lowering the cost of medications. He's facing a fight from his Republican opponent, who has pushed racist ads framing Webb's support of police reform and "Medicare for All" as scary policies. But as one of the only 5 percent of physicians in America who are Black-alongside his wife, an emergency room doctor-Webb is clearly no stranger to defying limitations and any attempts at marginalization.