The Covid relief bill is about to get Senate approval.
Democrats have already given away the $15 an hour federal minimum wage.
But they are including a billion dollar gift to the private health care industry.
During the Democratic presidential primary Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders both presented very different visions of health care in America.
Yet both were critical of the role of the private insurance industry.
Now that the election is over, the Democratic bill likely to pass expands the role of private insurance, a $35 billion gift to an industry that is as profitable as it is unnecessary.
The American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion stimulus package that the House passed last week, would increase government subsidies to health insurers for covering recently laid-off workers and those who purchase their own coverage.
I have posted in the past how the Medicare system has become more and more a privatized health program with programs like Medicare Advantage dominating the providing of services.
Democrat’s changes to the Affordable Care Act continue the move towards privatized health insurance and away from national health care.
Polls show most Americans want some kind of government health insurance program that sidesteps the private sector.
As with the minimum wage, Congress isn’t listening.