“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.

But Governor Rick Perry maintains this is the system Texans prefer and will not accept federal funding for expanded health-care services.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →