President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief plan is full of issues, reports the editorial board of National Review. First off, he raises funds for vaccines but ignores that bureaucracy, not lack of money, hamper their distribution most. Biden wants to re-open the economy, but his unemployment-insurance payment raise of $400 a week would keep more workers at home when they are needed by businesses. Finally, a $15 minimum wage would kill around 1.3 million jobs, striking hardest in low-income states, where up to half of all workers would risk losing their jobs. Well-intentioned as they may be, these policies do not meet America's needs.
President Biden's pandemic relief plan is solid, holds the editorial board of The Washington Post. He rightly prioritizes healthcare investment to fight the virus head-on. Proposals like community vaccination programs and hiring 100,000 healthcare workers to help with the vaccine rollout are very necessary. Biden inherited a dramatic situation with around 4,000 Americans dying from COVID-19 daily and not enough people getting vaccinated. His ideas to improve contact tracing and create mobile vaccination centers in hard-to-reach areas are good. The only issue is whether he can implement them fast enough to make the necessary difference.