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Posts Tagged: Health Care

“Why Are We So Poor?”

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That’s how hard it is to see a doctor in Southeast Texas. People take a day off work to drive two hours to a student-run clinic that can only provide basic care.

In a brutal portrait of the personal reality of all those grim-health care statistics, Rachel Pearson writes about working at a low-income, student-run health clinic, where patients struggle with and often die from illnesses that they simply don’t have the money to treat.

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Politics in the Exam Room

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In the fall of 2008 I was chatting with a woman I know about the upcoming presidential election. She was in her 60s, single, a funky dresser, world traveler, and amateur artist—what my mom would have called a “free-spirited Auntie Mame type”— so I was surprised by what she had to say: She was voting Republican.

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Wendell Potter–Healthcare’s Jeffrey Wigand

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Jeffrey Wigand, in case you don’t remember, is the Brown & Williamson chemist who accused his company of intentionally manipulating the tobacco blend to increase the amount of nicotine in cigarette smoke, thereby increasing the so-called ‘impact’ to the smoker, and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie “The Insider.” He’s one of the biggest corporate whistleblowers in recent history, and he helped bring about some pretty major change in the tobacco industry.

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