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David Barton Smith

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Chapter 21: Minorities, Immigrants, and Health Care Policy: Disparities and Solutions (1960s–Present)

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Minorities, Immigrants, and Health Care Policy: Disparities and Solutions (1960s–Present)
Minorities, immigrants, and health care policy: Disparities and solutions (1960s–present)
David BartonSmith

The secular, political version of the Golden Rule, as most pundits note, is “Those with the gold rule.” That “gold” in the U.S. political system is a combination of money and votes. The magical tale beneath the presidential election victories of 1960 and 2012 was that both were the consequence of the actions of people who half a century prior had neither. Indeed, they faced difficulties that left but one choice: to vote with their feet. Two massive migrations, the second a direct consequence of the first, produced these victories and, in the process, transformed health policy in the United States.

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