Opinion: As Americans lose their livelihoods, Medicaid will be their lifeline

April 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that America’s health care system is dangerously unprepared for a public health crisis. It has also revealed the flaws of closely tying health care to employment when such a crisis triggers an economic collapse. Before the pandemic hit, nearly 28 million Americans lacked health insurance. With layoffs mounting, that figure is only going to climb. Times like these spotlight the need to strengthen the social safety net, including Medicaid.

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