House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday evening called on President Donald Trump\u0026nbsp;to center working Americans in his response to the coronavirus outbreak which has affected at least 545 people in the U.S. so far—promoting a public health agenda that many progressives have called for in recent days.The Democratic leaders denounced Trump for prioritizing corporate interests in his response to COVID-19 and called for the White House to follow the lead of public health officials by pushing for policies that will allow American workers to stay home if they\u0026#039;ve been exposed to the respiratory virus without risking their jobs and wages.Pelosi and Schumer\u0026#039;s statement came a week after reports revealed the White House is weighing possible new tax cuts in response to COVID-19 and the plummeting of stock markets—an example of \u0022ideological opportunism,\u0022 the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) said in a report released Monday.\u0022President Trump continues to manufacture needless chaos within his administration and it is hampering the government\u0026#039;s response to the coronavirus outbreak,\u0022 Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. \u0022In light of reports that the Trump administration is considering new tax cuts for major corporations impacted by the coronavirus, we are demanding that the administration prioritize the health and safety of American workers and their families over corporate interests.\u0022The two leaders echoed the calls of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), other progressives, and public health officials in their demand for a response that includes paid sick leave, free coronavirus testing, and anti-price gouging protections as Americans stock up on medical and household essentials.\u0026nbsp;The list of demands also included:Enhanced unemployment insurance to support workers who lose their job due to an economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.Expanded SNAP, school lunch, and other food security programs to make sure vulnerable Americans don\u0026#039;t lose access to nutritious food.Affordable treatment for anyone diagnosed with coronavirus, with all uncovered expenses for treatment reimbursed by the government.Increased capacity in the medical system with a more urgent mobilization of resources and facilities.Journalist David Dayen, who wrote last week in The American Prospect that \u0022the coronavirus crisis demands progressive governance,\u0022 called Schumer and Pelosi\u0026#039;s demands \u0022a pretty good start.\u0022This is a pretty good start from Pelosi and Schumer (via email) for what government must do in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. First good sign in weeks. Yes there are politics involved but this is mostly a good and necesary list: pic.twitter.com/LSSMnP4AbN— David Dayen (@ddayen) March 8, 2020\u0022This is a bare-minimum set of policies to prevent a recession and mitigate a public health emergency, and everyone up for re-election will have to tell us which side they\u0026#039;re on,\u0022 tweeted Dayen.In his article last week, Dayen wrote that all coronavirus-related treatment should be free, not simply \u0022affordable\u0022 as the Democrats suggested.\u0022This avoids the spectacle of high medical bills for those who responsibly come into hospitals,\u0022 Dayen wrote. \u0022High prices will simply push people out of receiving treatment and increase the potential for community spread. It\u0026#039;s completely counterproductive to create barriers to access, really ever, but especially during a pandemic.\u0022With their statement, Pelosi and Schumer joined Sanders and workers\u0026#039; rights advocates in pointing out that the COVID-19 outbreak is illustrating the urgent need to pass legislation guaranteeing American workers paid sick leave, as people in other industrialized nations have.\u0022In the long-run,\u0022 wrote Josh Bivens of EPI, the outbreak \u0022shines a bright light on how paid sick leave should be a basic mandated labor standard, and policymakers should pass the Healthy Families Act in coming weeks. Besides giving workers the chance to earn sick leave in normal times, this bill also provides for 14 days of paid leave immediately in the current emergency.\u0022As the Financial Times reported last week, a lack of labor protections in the U.S. will likely make the virus spread faster than in other developed countries.\u0022Public health officials and academics are concerned that a mix of high numbers of uninsured people, a lack of paid sick leave, and a political class that has downplayed the threat could mean it spreads more quickly than in other countries,\u0022 reported the outlet.Last week, Trump suggested Americans who have the coronavirus could simply \u0022go to work\u0022 and then \u0022get better,\u0022 flouting guidance by the CDC, which has called on individual employers to institute flexible paid leave policies during the outbreak, in the absense of a federal law mandating that they do so.\u0022The administration must move more quickly and seriously to address the severe impacts of the coronavirus on the financial security of America\u0026#039;s families,\u0022 said Pelosi and Schumer.In its report, EPI went further than the Democratic leaders in its suggestion for assisting American workers who are affected by the coronavirus outbreak, calling for an economic stimulus package like the one passed in 2008, which gave $600 checks to individuals and $1,200 for joint tax filers.\u0022Besides needing money to tide them over when they can\u0026#039;t work, low-wage workers could also use protection against being let go by employers when they can\u0026#039;t show up to work due to their sickness (or the sickness of family members),\u0022 wrote Bivens.