The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the flaws in the U.S. employer-based health insurance system, magnified racial disparities in health and health care, and overwhelmed the country's underfunded public health infrastructure . These are the same systematic failures that have always harmed and killed the nation's most vulnerable . While everyone wishes for an end to this national tragedy, the authors believe a new normal must be defined for the post-pandemic period.In the post-pandemic period, policies that were once labeled radical and impossible will be urgent and necessary . Examples of such policies include providing universal health care, dismantling the structures that propagate racism and injustice, and reinvesting in public health . Previous research by the authors has shown that their medical student colleagues recognize that it is their responsibility to address policies that harm patients and to support reforms at the scale the authors propose . This commitment to a better future is reflected in the widespread mobilization of medical students seen across the United States . Recognizing that the old normal is unsustainable, the authors call on those who previously benefited from the status quo to instead seek a new post-pandemic normal that works for all.