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“So of­ten you hear, ‘Oh well, poor peo­ple just shoot each other, and that’s why they have higher mor­tal­ity rates. In the midst of many claims about what Med­i­caid does and doesn’t do, it ac­tu­ally shows that it can­not only be ben­e­fi­cial for health, but in pre­vent­ing some of the pre­ma­ture deaths of the unin­sured.”

—Diane Row­land, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, in the New York Times com­ment­ing on a study pub­lished in the New Eng­land Jour­nal Medicine find­ing fewer peo­ple died af­ter states ex­panded their Med­i­caid pro­grams and gave more poor peo­ple in­sur­ance.

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