The millions who depended on employer-based health insurance are screwed.

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In Houston, all the hospitals are full.

Medicare for All was a central issue of debate during the Democratic presidential primaries. Bernie supported it. Nearly all the others opposed it.

Joe Biden promised to veto it even in the unlikely event it passed a Democratic Party Congress.

National union leaders like the AFL CIO’s Richard Trumka and the American Federation of Teachers’ Randi Weingarten also opposed national health care on the basis that the health insurance bargained by their affiliated unions was superior to any government system.

With millions of workers in states that ban collective bargaining, it was always a foolish argument.

Even in states with collective bargaining rights, only a small percentage of workers are covered by a union contract that includes quality health insurance.

And now the shit has hit the fan.

The numbers of people who have lost employer-provided health insurance since the start of the pandemic is not exactly clear.

It is millions. That we know.

 

Biden’s solution is to expand the Affordable Care Act.

Trump has gone to the Supreme Court to overturn ACA entirely.

Even if Biden is elected, any Congressional action would be months into 2021.

Those without coverage and get infected by COVID19 are facing financial and a life-threatening health emergency now.

2 thoughts on “The millions who depended on employer-based health insurance are screwed.

  1. You were correct and I was one of those that looked from my own perspective. Obviously now we know that there are millions that can lose their jobs

  2. The health insurance companies are demanding a bailout. Nancy Pelosi is very interested in subsidizing COBRA premiums during the pandemic. (Not sure how those unemployed folks will meet those $7,000 deductibles and co-pays.)

    The public option being proposed by Centrist Democrats will result in AHIP cherry-picking only the healthiest (most profitable) people to insure, while the older and sicker individuals are shunted onto the “public option.” This will result in a two-tiered system, and the high cost of the public option will send it into a death spiral.

    We already, as a nation, belittle the poor, the hungry, the homeless. We shame people who rely on SNAP and Medicaid. Do you honestly think it will get better with a public option?

    It was very discouraging last week to see Corporate Joe tell Ady Barkan, a health care activist dying of ALS, that he still does not support Medicare For All. And yes, I get it that #45 is far worse.

    This is by far the most discouraging presidential election I have seen in my 44 years as a voter.

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/08/biden-defends-undying-allegiance-profit-healthcare-during-interview-dying-medicare

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