UPDATED: Another reason that broad scale testing is needed is to identify those who have already unknowingly contracted COVID-19 and recovered. If these people are health workers, they can operate more effectively without the added fear of contracting the disease. If they are seniors, they will know that they can safely help watch the kids that being kept home from school and free-up healthcare workers or those economically distressed parents unable to work from home. It is part of aiding the recovery to know who has contracted this disease and has recovered- these folks can be invaluable resources in helping the country cope during this health emergency. … … … trump’s plan boils down to using a pandemic as an excuse to further goose the economy and has fairly little to do with protecting the populace. The economy has been propped up already so far that we can look forward to an extreme recession if not a full blown depression - and all his unprecedented propping up has sacrificed much of the margins needed for realistic economic stimulus needed to recover. trump’s actions so far have been mainly for economic electability. The pandemic is a big deal; the only country that appears to have it’s spread under control is China and the only reason it is under control is China, due to the massive control of their populace by means that most democracies could not exert over their population. There can be no effective control if you cannot measure the extent of the problem, that is why testing must be available to everyone that needs it- wether they have insurance or not. Covering sick time income losses is mandatory because we need to keep all infected people from spreading the disease. It has nothing to do with being a ‘welfare state’; it has everything to do with protecting our country from a preventable disaster. It is not unlike calling the Army Corp of Engineers to protect coastal cities by building barriers for storm surge or managing water runoff in areas prone to flooding. It is much like anticipating a known disaster and investing to mitigate it’s impact. If trumpublicans block this sound apolitical legislation in order to politicize it, they will be adding to our country’s irresponsible delays and will further damage our future. Our Country’s response has been an international embarrassment. This is a spreading humanitarian disaster supported by facts and world-wide measures that we cannot seem to muster. Disinformation campaigns can’t fix the problem- only concrete expedient actions will. Increasing ‘capital liquidity’ and reducing payroll taxes are not the answers; The ‘all-significant’ markets indices further collapse today proves that even big money does not support trump’s asinine solutions and highlights our government’s demonstrated lack of leadership.