Joy-Ann Reid has called for people who are have chosen to remain unvaccinated to pay more tax as a result of their healthcare choice.
The MSNBC host made the comments during her Wednesday afternoon program.
‘At some point, I feel like people who are willfully unvaccinated, fine, don’t get vaccinated. But they need to start to pay a little bit more of the cost of what this is doing to our system.’
Reid, 52, then went on to reference how other countries around the world are reacting to those people who have refused to get the COVID vaccine.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Wednesday called for people who remain unvaccinated to pay for tax as a result of their healthcare choice
The idea of taxing the unvaccinated did not sit well with those on Twitter
‘There are fines in places like Germany. Germany has stopped paying for the virus tests for people who choose to remain unvaccinated. They have ended quarantine pay for those without vaccinations. Ikea in the UK is slashing sick pay for those unvaccinated workers.’
The idea did not sit well with users on Twitter.
‘Ohhhh, joy, you may want to think this one through (for once),’ wrote Jeff .’You know what… come to my house and try to TAX my freedom,’ added Jeff Liddle.
As in the U.S., vaccinations are not compulsory in Germany but authorities have been taking measures that make it increasingly inconvenient to be unvaccinated.
COVID-19 tests, required for example to dine in indoor restaurants are no longer free of charge.
Also, some German states are allowing businesses such as restaurants or sports stadiums to choose whether to admit people with negative tests, or only those who have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19.
Although she did not dispute the individuals choice to remain unvaccinated Reid suggested those who did should pay more into the healthcare system. Reid spoke with Dr Lipi Roy, right
During her program Reid spoke with MSNBC medical contributor Dr. Lipi Roy who did not say unvaccinated people should be denied medical care but argued that they could be put on a separate ‘triage list’ that would result in them only getting ‘a certain type of care’.
Roy said she is ‘not giving up on’ the unvaccinated yet.
‘Sadly, I’m aware of what”s happening to hospitals and health care facilities all over the world. Hospitalizations in the United States increased 30 percent this past week. And what’s happening is that this atrocious strain, this massive strain on hospitals and medical facilities is resulting in hospitals being short- staffed, doctors, nurses getting infected themselves,’ Roy began.
There are many possible interventions that we can impose on the people who choose – continue to choose to be unvaccinated, increased insurance premiums, creating a list — or a triage list, so when people come to the hospital, maybe one of the first questions we ask is, are you vaccinated, and then that will direct them towards a certain type of care?’
‘There are several things that we can do. But I’m not giving up on the people that remain unvaccinated, Joy. We still need to get them vaccinated. I think we need to find other measures and mandates and other measures to really get them to get vaccinated.’
In the U.S. the supermarket chain Kroger will stop some COVID-19 benefits for unvaccinated employees this year, as the supermarket chain pushes more workers to get inoculated
In the U.S. the supermarket chain Kroger will stop some COVID-19 benefits for unvaccinated employees this year, as the supermarket chain pushes more workers to get inoculated amid growing concerns over the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
Kroger is among the biggest private employers in the United States and had about 465,000 full and part-time workers last January.
The company will no longer provide paid COVID-19 leave for unvaccinated employees and will apply a $50 monthly health insurance surcharge to salaried non-union workers who are unvaccinated and enrolled in a company healthcare plan.
Companies have tried other means to get their employees vaccinated, such as educational campaigns and incentive programs, but they did not see the desired results, Wade Symons, regulatory resources group leader at benefits company Mercer said.
Those responding on Twitter detailed how such logic could be applied any number of healthcare issues
‘I think employers sort of see hitting employees in the wallet as a true motivator that … should increase vaccination levels.’
The push to get more employees vaccinated comes as President Joe Biden faces setbacks in implementing his vaccine-or-test mandate for private businesses.
Employees that are unvaccinated potentially can cost the employer more in health insurance costs.
‘So if I’m an employer that is self insured and pays the claims for my health insurance, and I have employees that are unvaccinated and have the potential, not only to get COVID-19 themselves, but also potentially to affect others … I want to have them pay more to try to offset some of those costs.’