Los Angeles, 2009: California may be the eighth largest economy in the world,
but its state staff are being paid in IOUs, unemployment is at its highest in 70 years,
and teachers are on hunger strike. So what has gone so catastrophically wrong?
Patients without medical insurance wait for treatment in the Forum, a music arena in
Inglewood, Los Angeles. The 1,500 free places were filled by 4am.
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