As more Americans lose their jobs due to the pandemic, they also lose their health insurance tied to their employment. NPR dives into the origins of employer-based health insurance in the U.S.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
Millions of people have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. And along with the loss of work, many of those same Americans no longer have health insurance. Now, other developed countries like Britain, Germany, Japan, have different systems – a universal system that covers everyone, regardless of whether you’re employed or not.
AILSA CHANG, HOST:
So how did the U.S. end up with an employer-based system instead? Well, our colleagues over at NPR’s history podcast Throughline wanted to find out. Their latest episode tells the story of the battle for health insurance in the U.S. It’s long and complicated, and it could have ended up another way. Today they’re going to share