Sharon Johnson of The Progressive spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 31 about the recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson first spoke about health insurance, stating that about 61 percent of the 78 million people with families who lost their job between March 1 and May 1 were covered by employer-provided plans. Once they lost their job, they lost their health insurance and are now forced to pay for their own, with money they don’t have due to loss of wages.
Johnson continued, speaking about how the recession has shown the importance of being a union member.
Union members have health insurance and pay a lower share of the premiums.
This brought her into discussing the Affordable Care Act. Roughly 79 percent of the 27 million people who lost benefits are expected to qualify for Medicaid which provide tax subsidies.
Health insurance is important for unemployed people, especially during a pandemic when many are out of work.
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