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Vijay Das is a writer and health care advocate for Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. Follow him @vijdas. Adam Gaffney is a physician, writer, and single-payer advocate in Massachusetts. He blogs at www.theprogressivephysician.org. You can follow him @awgaffney. The views expressed are their own.
(CNN)Racism mars the history of health care in America. For years, black patients were relegated to separate -- and appallingly unequal -- hospitals and wards. Many were simply denied medical attention, either "dumped" into the care of other facilities or turned away at the hospital door.