The only thing that makes sense if the program Bernie Sanders is offering on health care and I can guarantee the costs of this crisis will make anything put on the table by Bernie pale in comparison. I want all the Bernie bashers over the costs - I'm talking to you Biden - to come back with their tales between their legs.The coronavirus might teach us all to value a robust safety net — but there’s a good chance we’ll forget the lesson, because this is America, and forgetting working people is just what we do... Manjoo, NYT
The NYT seems to have a split personality - fundamentally opposing Bernie Sanders while putting up a variety of signals on medicare for all. Tuesday, March 10 an op ed by Scott Atlas, of course from the right wing Hoover Institution, read like an ad for the current enormously wasteful health care industry. Some of the article is LOL funny. But not laughable is the Manjoo piece:“You can look at it as socialized medicine,” Representative Ted Yoho, a Republican from Florida, told HuffPost. “But in the face of an outbreak, a pandemic, what’s your options?” As I said, it’s almost funny: Everyone’s a socialist in a pandemic. But the laugh catches in your throat, because the only joke here is the sick one American society plays on workers every day....The coronavirus might teach us all to value a robust safety net — but there’s a good chance we’ll forget the lesson, because this is America, and forgetting working people is just what we do.Farhad Manjoo, NYT
Much of the danger we face now grows out of America’s tattered social safety net — the biting cost and outright lack of health care and child care and elder care, the corporate war on paid leave, and the plagues of homelessness and hunger. As the virus gains a foothold on our shores, many Americans are only now waking up to the ways these flaws in the safety net cascade into one another.Farhad Manjoo who I used to read all the time when he did Tech for the times, wrote a piece that is also sort of funny - from another direction - in Thursday's major editorial of the Times in the prime spot opposite the op eds. Serious stuff for the NYT.
Manjoo offers a sliver of optimism though he dashes it at the end:
You might also check out the more likely vision from Naomi Klein:There may be a silver lining here: What if the virus forces Americans and their elected representatives to recognize the strength of a collectivist ethos? The coronavirus, in fact, offers something like a preview of many of the threats we might face from the worst effects of climate change. Because the virus is coldly indiscriminate and nearly inescapable, it leaves us all, rich and poor, in the same boat: The only way any of us is truly protected is if the least among us is protected. So what if we used this illness as an excuse to really, permanently protect the least among us?.....
The coronavirus might teach us all to value a robust safety net — but there’s a good chance we’ll forget the lesson, because this is America, and forgetting working people is just what we do....
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All it took was a pandemic of potentially unprecedented scale and severity and suddenly it’s like we’re turning into Denmark over here.
So what if we used this illness as an excuse to really, permanently protect the least among us?