One thing this past week has shown is that we are not ready… this country is not ready to fight a pandemic. Leaders are not ready… at the national, state or local level. They’re reactionary, running around like chickens with their heads cut off.. Their first instinct, protect business… that’s what this bill does. Protect businesses at the expense of workers limiting sick leave and pay. Free testing should be a given during a public health crisis, that shouldn’t even be debated. It also includes “expanded family and medical leave” for some… Paid sick leave for some. Unemployment benefits and food assistance putting back in what had been stripped from these programs in the past. And protections for healthcare workers. No universal income. No moratorium on mortgages, rents, evictions & bills. Very little regard for people who live paycheck to paycheck. Very temporary solutions. And for a limited time. Nothing that suggests a sense of urgency or in place to counter a potential massive loss of life. It takes more than stamps and the ability to cling on to some low wage dead end job to combat a public heath crisis.
What’s in Congress’ emergency coronavirus bill? Here’s what you need to know.
It provides free testing, food assistance, unemployment benefits and some paid leave for employees at companies with fewer than 500 people.