Letter: End employer-based medical coverage

Published: 8/5/2020 12:01:36 AM

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s how devastating and antiquated it is to tie medical coverage to one’s employment. What started as tax breaks to employers in the 1940s has become a burden. Millions of laid-off workers, now uninsured, are suffering at this critical time. Workers stay in toxic jobs that make them sick in order to retain their medical benefits and small employers are going under due to exorbitant medical rates they are charged to offer this benefit.

Corporate America fights single payer universal health care afraid to lose power over workers. Insurance companies fight single-payer universal health care because they make money not providing health care. If small business didn’t have to pay for medical, they could raise wages, modernize, expand their businesses and grow our economy. Workers could leave toxic and unsafe working environments or raise their voices when feeling abused without fear of losing their benefits.

In 2013, HR 676, a bill creating a single-payer national health system for all Americans, with no co-pays or deductibles, inclusive of prescription, vision, hearing, dental, and mental health coverage, was introduced to Congress and has been so every session since yet languishes there.

It’s the 21st century. It’s time we join the rest of the industrialized world, recognize health care as a basic human right, pass single-payer universal health care legislation, and free workers and small businesses from this irrational and antiquated system.



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