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Journal Issue: The Next Generation of Antipoverty Policies Volume 17 Number 2 Fall 2007

A Health Plan to Reduce Poverty
Alan Weil

Introduction

The many failures of the American health care system have badly exacerbated the financial and health-related hardship that low-income Americans face. Any comprehensive strategy to reduce poverty and improve the well-being of lowerincome working families must include substantial changes in the way the nation pays for health care. Indeed one could argue that absent health care reform the United States is unlikely to undertake the many other important steps necessary to reduce poverty.