The lesson of the pandemic? The U.S. needs universal healthcare

Democracy Now!

Aug 11, 2020

How did the coronavirus defeat the world’s most powerful country? Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic, says the Trump administration’s “devastatingly inept response” and preexisting gaps in the social safety net combined to make the U.S. the worst-hit country on the planet, accounting for a quarter of cases despite comprising less than 5% of the world’s population. Yong says the most glaring problem is the lack of healthcare access, adding that “universal healthcare is a thing we have to fight for” in order to deal with the coronavirus as well as future pandemics.

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