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MLK Jr.: Do we have the will to end poverty?

January 18, 2021

Topics: Quote of the Day

If he saw the issues of poverty and income inequality that exist today, he would be greatly disappointed.

By Martin Luther King III
The New York Times, January 18, 2021, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr.: “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.”



By Don McCanne, M.D.

Over half a century later, we still have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The question still remains, “Do we have the will?”

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About the Commentator, Don McCanne

Don McCanne is a retired family practitioner who dedicated the 2nd phase of his career to speaking and writing extensively on single payer and related issues. He served as Physicians for a National Health Program president in 2002 and 2003, then as Senior Health Policy Fellow. For two decades, Don wrote "Quote of the Day", a daily health policy update which inspired HJM.

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