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My students in China: Why exactly can’t the US provide healthcare to our poorest citizens?

Recently I was invited by the law school at East China University of Science and Technology [1] in Shanghai to come and lecture  about a nonprofit lawyer’s role advocating to provide healthcare for low-income people in the United States.   Teaching on the other side of the world was a spectacular privilege in many ways, but after going through how North Carolina and other states are currently rejecting federal Medicaid dollars to provide health coverage to our poorest citizens it was one student’s question that struck me the most:

The United States is the richest country in the world, so why exactly can’t you provide health care to the poorest citizens in every state?

Good question!