Do you agree with conservatives who tell people w/o insurance, “just go and get a job”?
Question by Ted N: Do you agree with conservatives who tell people w/o insurance, “just go and get a job”?
I hear people complaining about not having health insurance, not being able to afford it due to pre-existing condition, but not being poor enough to qualify for state aid or Medicaid and the response that is often given to these people is “why don’t you just get a job?” What about those working poor who do have a job, are working just to survive, were not lucky enough to find a job where the employer didn’t mind being burdened with providing the health insurance and cannot get state aid owing to not being poor enough and can’t afford insurance on the private market? I’m sorry, but I know plenty of working poor who do work hard, don’t have benefits through their jobs, don’t qualify for state aid as they work and make just enough to survive and don’t spend their low incomes on luxuries. Also, why should employers be responsible for providing health insurance? They don’t provide your car insurance, renter’s insurance, pet insurance, so why do we keep this relic from the 1940s that impedes the growth of small businesses as well as limiting job mobility?
1. Not all jobs provide insurance.
2. People are willing to take those jobs in a sour economy.
3. Buying insurance on the private market outside of a work pool can be prohibitively expensive.
4. Not all people who can’t afford private insurance are out buying rims for their Escalades despite what talk radio tells you, many are spending money on “luxuries” like rent and food and public transportation. I have known a lot of working poor from having lived in Las Vegas and Phoenix.
5. Many people who do work, but earn only enough to pay rent and groceries, are not eligible for state aid as they are not absolutely destitute.
Where does this lack of empathy come from? Why do people try to block it out by pretending that all people without insurance are that way b/c they don’t work or spend all their disposable income on luxuries? Do they ride the bus with the people cleaning houses, digging ditches (not all of whom are illegals, I ride the bus with plenty of “real” Americans who do menial jobs as a way to survive) or picking up trash off the side of the freeway?
Uh, excuse me, but I have seen several posters on this board who have said just that to people w/o benefits. I find it to be a callous or hopelessly naive statement considering how many working poor we have in the US population. I am talking about US citizens or legal immigrants in my post who want health insurance but weren’t lucky enough to find an employer who offers it, don’t qualify for state aid and don’t have the money for a private polilcy.
Nice for your daughter that she can buy her own policy. Is she young and healthy? Try being 45 and having a pre-existing condition.
Answer by Primo
Nobody said that. How bout we stop spending money on illegals and use them on our own people
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