I'm 50 years old. Married 18. Four children ranging in age from 26 to 8. My family has both been my biggest strength and yet my source of incredible guilt as they have paid as much as a price as me...if not more.
I live in a state that denied Medicaid Expansion. The long and short of this is my wife and I can not exceed an income of $769/month or we lose eligibility. Contrast that to the states that approved Medicaid Expansion for the working poor allow a family of 4 to roughly make up to $34/K a year. Some difference, 'eh.
I am someone that may "die on the street" without health insurance. Even though the line is over used it really isn't too far from my truth. I take about 12-13 meds. I have a back that doesn't allow me more than 10 hours a week on my feet...and sitting isn't much better. I've worked my way out of the professional world. Individuals will have to decide for them selves if the combination(s) of anxiety, borderline, bi-polar and depression qualify me...but if they do not then I am sorta screwed.
My last entry was about how the work requirement the Republicans are rolling out could really hurt people. People like me...you've set a maximum income (combined) of $768/month and now your going to require me to work which will 100% put me over income and 95% not have any benefits.
Let's not pretend giving the poor a "job" that is part-time, volunteer or otherwise does not carry health insurance will destroy lives. In Kansas part time is 32 hours or less a week. So even working 30 hours a week would lose insurance and you would be unable to afford it on your own so when lofty employment numbers are claimed by the administration it includes part time jobs, seasonal, and most of all jobs with NO benefits...is that even really a job? Again you need to look past the rhetoric
Kansas has since instituted a work requirement for food assistance. One household member must work 30 hours a week or more. Minimum wage would net us about $880/month. About $200 more than we make and we would still qualify for food. We have a waiver that may or may not hold up as the disability process has acknowledged a partial disability and we are filing for full because partial gives you no benefits. It's their cop out. Anyway that waiver is reviewed every 6 months and its a bitch and we have to start early.
Without that waiver we would lose our health insurance for going over income. Which means most families in the same boat we are really are stuck without health insurance
Food or health insurance but not both.
Your killing me Smalls.
Cruel. We hear about stock market records but we can not figure out a way to insure all people...to remove the largest barrier to the poor going back to work, lack of health insurance.
Then the middle class pays for it anyway. The uninsured flood hospital ER's. Things that should be taken care of at a clinic or PCP's office becomes an ER visit. So...premiums, co-pays and deductibles rise for the INSURED, collections focuses on the INSURED (The thought process is they are a better pay source)
So...we can't insure the poor, in some cases even take away their insurance. The middle class pays for their lack of insurance...stock market is at record highs and we can't insure the poor
Oh wait...the middle class is now deeply in debt to the King and his little Republican henchmen...the Huge tax break is equivalent to about $90 (max) a paycheck whereas an average family doesn't even have a $1,000 for an emergency and yet they are asked to bow down and be so grateful for this small pittance. The people that are happy about the tax cut do not realize the change affected your filing and lowered some exemptions basically meaning some people will only break even or come out slightly behind- check with any accountant you know that's not a Far Right Republican.
It really is cruel. The perception that people are gaming the system really isn't true for disability. First, you only get a percentage based on what you paid into the system. You get Medicare which comes with additional out of pocket costs (20%)
So I made as much as $70,000 a year. Decent money in a cheap state and without a degree. Most of my professional life I was between $40K and 60K. I would get around $1800 a month for disability. I've paid into it on roughly 650K of life time work. I am in therapy for my back and my mental health, I just need time to get better.
If I don't deserve disability then who does?
If the poor don't deserve basic health care then who are we?