Sanders Wants Free Medicare for All During Coronavirus Crisis

Grind for March 9th
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The Headline

Sanders Wants Free Medicare for All During Coronavirus Crisis

The Grind

Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging that Medicare cover all health care expenses tied to the coronavirus pandemic that’s sweeping the nation.

The progressive senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate tweeted Friday: “Right now, 87 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured. Our profit-driven health care system is a danger to our people. During this crisis, Medicare should cover all health care treatment for free, including coronavirus testing, treatment, and the eventual vaccine.”

The Details

Under a bipartisan bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump this week, testing for the virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19 is free, but patients are still on the hook for a substantial portion of their treatments.

Sanders has repeatedly argued the past couple of weeks – as the pandemic has spread across the country, forcing many Americans to huddle in their homes – that the outbreak illustrates the urgent need for a government-run single-payer “Medicare-for-all” health care system that he’s long championed.

Sanders’ presidential campaign announced that the senator would hold a virtual roundtable discussion on “the economic and health crises created by the coronavirus outbreak” at 7 p.m. ET.

Last week, both Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden gave addresses outlining their plans to combat the pandemic and help the millions of Americans and small and large businesses crippled by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. Read more…








The Headline

Coronavirus in NY: Cuomo Orders Lockdown, Shuts Down Non-Essential Businesses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a statewide lockdown amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic Friday that will shut down most of the Empire State – including New York City.

“I want to be able to say to the people of New York – I did everything we could do,” Cuomo said. “And if everything we do saves just one life, I’ll be happy.”

The restrictions take effect Sunday night at 8pm and will.

-Shut down all non-essential businesses across the state, leaving just grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential operations open

-Ban all non-solitary outside activity, like outdoor basketball games and other team sports

-Require all non-essential government and private sector employees work from home


The Details

Laundromats and gas stations will be allowed to remain open, as will restaurants for take-out and delivery service. Cuomo said the MTA will continue to run the city subways and buses and the MetroNorth and Long Island railroads.

“We have to do it, we have to be serious,” Cuomo told reporters at the state capitol.

“Everyone has personal freedom and everyone has personal liberty and I’ll always protect that,” he added. “But everyone also has a responsibility to everyone else.”

The new emergency action came as the Empire State’s coronavirus case count ballooned to more than 7,100 cases across the state – more than 4,400 are in New York City. The state’s death toll has jumped to 35, up from 26 on Thursday. Read more…







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