My SO and I were having a similar conversation the other day. Had we, in the US, a basic universal income and some kind of medical coverage (including vision and dental, because those too are part of your overall health) for all, things might have been a little easier to swallow when seemingly everything shut down and millions of people suddenly found themselves unemployed. Freelancers and part-time workers, as well as people who have since lost their jobs, would at least have medical coverage and some kind of income to carry them along without having to wait for it. It would have already been in place. Instead millions are waiting out the overwhelmed and antiquated state unemployment system to get around to them.

There was a report years ago, stating the majority of people were a ~$400 emergency away from financial ruin. This unfortunate epidemic shows the glaring need for some general benefits to US citizens like some kind of base medical coverage as well as some type of universal income. I’ll be interested to see how things shake out in the “new normal.”

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