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Covid-19: Trump proposes tax cuts and improved health insurance, but millions are not covered

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m993 (Published 11 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m993

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The US president, Donald Trump, has proposed eliminating the payroll tax to ease the financial pain faced by US people and businesses owing to the covid-19 outbreak. He also suggested help for the country’s cruise ship industry and airlines.1

The payroll tax, paid both by US employees and employers, provides funds for Social Security pensions, Medicare (health insurance for elderly people), and many other government programs. The tax brings in over a trillion dollars (£773bn; €883bn) a year and is an important part of the federal budget.

New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut have joined Washington state, California, Colorado, and Rhode Island in declaring states of emergency after cases of the virus increased. The president said that he had not been tested for covid-19, although he had attended meetings with two Congressional representatives …

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