2020-11-23 10:31:29

Pandemic Profiteers Endanger Community Health


Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Chuck Collins on the profits are killing people.

As the coronavirus surges across the nation in record-breaking numbers with more than a quarter of a million Americans dead and upwards of 200,000 new infections a day, workers on the frontlines of the economy remain more vulnerable than ever. Those employees of mega corporations deemed “essential” are routinely exposed not only to the virus but to the ravages of an economy rigged against them. As hazard pay has dried up and wages remain low, the profits of companies like Walmart, Amazon, and Target are more bloated than ever. Explaining how pandemic profiteers impact community health is a new report by Inequality.org.

Read the report ‘Millionaire Wealth vs. Community Health,’ HERE and download the GAO report ‘Federal Social Safety Net: Millions of Full-Time Workers Rely on Federal Health Care and Food Assistance Program,”  HERE.

Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He has written a number of books including 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It, and Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good. He is the co-author of a new report, “Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health.”

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