Why is Germany subsidizing the cost of electricity for everyone rather than only the poorest households?

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Sep 29, 2022 04:39 PM 0 Answers
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According to Reuters:

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz set out a 200 billion euro ($194
billion) "defensive shield", including a gas price brake and a cut in
sales tax for the fuel, to protect companies and households from the
impact of soaring energy prices.

Europe's biggest economy is trying to cope with surging gas and
electricity costs caused largely by a collapse in Russian gas supplies
to Europe, which Moscow has blamed on Western sanctions following its
invasion of Ukraine in February.

I can understand subsidizing the costs for businesses and for the poorest households but why are middle and upper class consumers being subsidized as well? Have there been any discussions in the German parliament over this question?

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