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Improving the Health of Poor Americans

Monday, June 10, 2019

While the Affordable Care Act did much to address the problem of the uninsured, millions of Americans still lack coverage, and health disparities persist between the poor and the better off. According to a common view and many presidential candidates, we can solve the health problems of the indigent by expanding access to health care, perhaps through “Medicare-for-All.” But as Dr.

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