Wednesday, April 15, 2020

National Security Issue

[W]e should recognize that U.S. national security is put at risk by our inadequate health care system. ... [I]t's now clear that universal health care is a national security issue.  Americans are at risk of dying at higher numbers in this pandemic than in any war since the Civil War.  Some Americans may have delayed seeking care in the early days of the pandemic by worries that they could not afford health care.  And now that millions have lost their jobs in the midst of the pandemic, our employment-based health care system seems more obviously unjust and dangerous.

-- Oona A. Hathaway, Professor of International Law and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School, "COVID-19 Shows How the U.S. Got National Security Wrong",, 7 April 2020

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