Most civilian casualties in war are not the result of direct exposure to bombs and bullets; they are due to the destruction of the essentials of daily living, including food, water, shelter, and health care.
Herman Shaw was a 30-year-old cotton farmer in Tuskegee, Alabama, when he saw a flyer offering free medical care by the U.S. government.This was back in 1932 and the Great Depression was bearing down hard on the already poor black farmers in the Deep South. Shaw jumped at what he said seemed like a godsend at the time.
With the future of U.S. health care in flux, questions abound about the incoming Republican administration's impact on federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Stanford University scholars Kate Bundorf and Jay Bhattacharya outline possible changes to these programs and their effects on health care for the elderly and the poor.
Kate Bundorf is the chief of the Division of Health Research and an associate professor of health research and policy. Her...