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This research discusses the relationship between capitalism and effective healthcare, specifically in the United States. Despite being the wealthiest nation in the world the U.S. has demonstrated its lack of an effective healthcare system through its lack of coverage and poor care. While many people are quick to throw the blame on “capitalism,” my research argues that capitalism and healthcare can coexist, though not under the current economic conditions present in the U.S. In order to demonstrate this, I will compare the healthcare systems of Massachusetts and Alabama. Despite both being U.S. states and having a capitalist economy, Massachusetts has proven to have a much better healthcare system than Alabama. In order to explain why their healthcare quality is so different I will analyze the policies of both states, both economic and political, in order to determine why Massachusetts has much better healthcare quality.



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The Manifestation of Capitalism in the U.S. Healthcare System