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#COVIDー19 @ewarren @BernieSanders We need a progressive agenda on epidemics STAT! There is going to be panic, an emergency, hoarding and if Dems in office and Dem candidates do not prepare an agenda that is more than Trump is screwing up then Trump ultimately will win.
1. RELIEF FUND: Until we have univ. health care we need an emergency health relief fund. The # of critical cases, meaning cases requiring significant medical intervention, are more than ten fold the number of deaths. For many this will result bankruptcy levels of medical debt.
2. ER COVERAGE: Health Insurance companies should not be allowed to deny coverage for treatments that are not 'pre-approved' or "FDA approved' as all of the treatment options for severe cases of COVID are 'off-label'
3. BE REAL: The left needs to stop with deflationary mode of critique. If you want to prevent Trump from using this crisis to complete his diabolical fortress America immigration plans then we need to admit that this is a crisis.
and argue why geographic and racial exclusions and detentions are immoral and ineffective. The rates of transmission and death will catastrophic in immigration detention centers and prisons.
Democrats need to propose options for temporarily reducing border traffic and border detention until the worst of this is over. There is also something profoundly ableist about the Left critique that says the only real threat is racism
because the disease only kills old people and people with underlying conditions. This disease is a terror for people with disabilities. Not just because of the increased susceptibility and lethality. Many disabled people need assistance which often disappears in times of crisis.
4. NATIONAL HOLIDAYS NOT NATIONAL INCARCERATION: National holidays and self-quarantining are going to be more effective than fear inspiring CDC/Military lockdowns.
5. UNIVERSAL MEDICAL LEAVE PROTECTION: These approaches will be most effective if Democrats propose emergency extensions of the Family and Medical Leave Act. It must also be extended to casual employees and contractors in a way that guarantees wages and future employment.
If people are worried about losing jobs and their livelihood they will make bad decisions about when to stay home and went to go to work.
6. INFRASTRUCTURE: Infrastructures need to be put in place for the distribution of food and medication. If this is done after the worst of an outbreak it will be done poorly.
This is not an ad-hoc FEMA job this is the job for local social work and health infrastructures with large federal infusions of resources and money. Hoarding needs to be addressed and rationing needs to be equitable. Otherwise wealth will determine the odds of survival.
7. JUSTICE: The approach needs to be intersectional. If we do not put racial and gender justice at the front of these policies then implementation will result in transmission and sickness for care providers that are majority women and majority people of color.
Protective equipment and contact protocols need to be the same for orderlies and care givers as surgeons and political leaders.
8. PROTECT DEMOCRACY: The Dems must have a primary process that cannot be suspended by Trump as a result of needing to shut down public gatherings. It's vital to democracy that the Dems be able to choose a candidate without being interrupted by the politicization of an emergency
It is important right now when two of the Dem frontrunners represent a sea change in the party and a reversal of the suicidal politics of Trump. Interruptions will kill momentum and result in convention deals which reflect old-guard interests rather than the democratic process.
Amendment to number 3: A. This disease is a terror for people with disabilities. Not just because of the increased susceptibility and lethality but because many disabled people need assistance which often disappears in times of crisis.
B. If you want to prevent Trump from using this crisis to complete his diabolical fortress America immigration plans then we need to admit that this is a crisis and argue why geographic and racial exclusions and detentions are immoral and ineffective.
The rates of transmission and death will catastrophic in immigration detention centers and prisons. Democrats need to propose options for temporarily reducing border traffic and border detention until the worst of this is over.
We should suspend tourist visas to focus on those coming to our borders that are most in need. This would also mean having temporary, voluntary, housing for refugees and others set up. We should prioritize people that are fleeing for their lives over people that want a vacation.
If we suspended vacation travelers even temporarily it would free up significant bandwidth to process everyone else safety.
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