Why Are Coronavirus Deaths Surging?


By: William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

As the coronavirus surges across the U.S., states across the South and West have reported sharp increases in their daily number of new cases. Many of these same states refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, denying access to health care to hundreds of thousands of their citizens. And because funding for rural hospitals was tied to Medicaid expansion under the ACA, this led to the closure of scores of hospitals in rural communities across the South and Midwest.

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