Where You Live Has Never Been Such a Significant Determinant of Your Livelihood Until Coronavirus.

This wake-up call of the pandemic must serve as the jarring awake of America, or else we are done for.

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What distinguishes the United States from other countries “is not the nature of the bailouts. It’s the underlying structure,” said Carol Graham, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies safety nets.

“People are more vulnerable from the get-go, even in normal times. You throw a shock like this at the system? It’s about as bad as it could get.”

A new poll by NBC News and the Commonwealth Fund found that more than two-thirds of U.S. adults say that their potential out-of-pocket costs would figure prominently in their decision to get care if they had coronavirus symptoms.

They found that the U.S. spends more on health care as a share of the economy — nearly twice as much as the average (OECD) country — yet has the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rates among the 11 nations. And, the U.S. has the highest chronic disease burden and an obesity rate that is two times higher than the OECD average.

And yet, despite that we spend nearly the most of any country on our own medical care, American’s have the highest rate of chronic disease, the highest rate of obesity, they visit doctors the least frequently, have the highest rates of avoidable deaths, as well as the highest suicide rates of all these countries.

Something is very wrong with this picture.

“No matter who you are or what you do, right now you should be focused on your health — and not about whether you will lose your job or run out of money for things like groceries or medicine. So today, we announced our plan that will help you and your family,” said Trudeau.

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