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Employer-based healthcare, meet massive unemployment

Source: Jeneen Interlandi, New York Times (Paid Registration)

Nothing illuminates the problems with an employer-based health care system quite like massive unemployment in the middle of a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease outbreak. For one thing, uninsured people are less likely to seek medical care, making this coronavirus that much more difficult to contain. Also, people with chronic or immune-compromising medical conditions are particularly susceptible to this new contagion—which means the people most in need of employer-sponsored health benefits are the same ones who can least afford to return to work at the moment.

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