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EXography: Disability has become a way of life in many American counties

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In the mountains of Kentucky, in the coal country 100 miles east of Lexington, there's something in the water, something between defeat and government largesse. In Breathitt County, 4,000 of its 14,000 residents, or 28 percent, are drawing a government check because they've been ruled disabled. The monthly checks in the tiny county where bodies seem to have failed en masse total $2.8 million...

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