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Former Gov. John Hickenlooper Says Coronavirus Pandemic Proves the US Needs Universal Healthcare

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Posted: Apr 27, 2020 1:30 PM
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper Says Coronavirus Pandemic Proves the US Needs Universal Healthcare

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is the latest Democrat to say the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic is proof the United States needs to have universal health care to combat future outbreaks.

The failed presidential candidate-turned-Senate hopeful told MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle universal health care is needed to protect working-class people who are still on the job in essential businesses and risking exposure to COVID-19.

“Governor, if we do put people back to work and there is a liability shield, if businesses are not going to face lawsuits, if employees or customers get sick, what does that do to our essential workers, our most vulnerable Americans who don’t have access to good healthcare from their employer, and now they may be forced to go back to work because if their business is open, they can’t go on unemployment, what do we do for all of those Americans? I know Medicare for All wasn’t something you supported in normal times, but we’re in a crisis moment," Ruhle said.

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