Cushman: COVID-19 Proved That Universal Basic Income Is Necessary

Cushman: COVID-19 Proved That Universal Basic Income Is Necessary

During the 2020 primary election, Andrew Yang had a unique plan to deal with the economic challenges facing America: Universal Basic Income (UBI). Yang’s UBI plan would give $1,000 each month to every American over 18 years old. Many Americans are skeptical of, if not downright opposed to UBI. I was in that camp, too, until the pandemic. COVID-19 changed my opinion on UBI — and it should change yours, too.

When Yang proposed UBI, I, like many Americans, immediately brushed off the idea. I had never heard of a welfare program that gave payouts to everyone, regardless of need. […]

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