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  •  Susan Collins and the flu (1+ / 0-)
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    There are many low-income workers who  have no  job security . If you  don't show up, you get fired .  Period.  A flu epidemic,  then ,  would increase the unemployment rate (factoring in that there are more low-income workers than any other kind of worker.) This would also increase the number of people filing for unemployment and food stamps, which would mean a bigger financial  burden on the  government.  

    Health is integral  to any jobs package , as healthy workers  are at work more often and are more efficient .  Yes , Senator Collins , you might spend 870 million  dollars on  preventing a flu pandemic,  but that effort might be worth a billion dollars in worker  productivity. Am I  talking to myself, here ?

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