If I hear one more person complain that ObamaCare would cost people their jobs…I’m going to scream. When Ted Cruz was delivering his Dr. Seuss themed filibuster on Capitol Hill, he kept saying that people would be forced to cut employees hours because they couldn’t afford to offer healthcare benefits.
Is he smoking crack?
That’s not new! People have been subjected to that for years. Given just enough hours to fall beneath that invisible line between “you can go to the doctor” and “you can’t go to the doctor”.
This morning I heard an interview with Cruz that sent me reeling. He had the nerve to say that having health insurance was something that was out there for people who made the effort to get a good job. So, in essence…if you work for minimum wage and don’t pull in enough hours…you don’t DESERVE health care? Is that what that guy said?!? That would mean the people busting their asses to keep this country running…who work MULTIPLE jobs to put food on the table for their families…should just ACCEPT that they don’t make enough money to get their sinus infection or GOD FORBID…cancer…treated?
There are LOTS of people that work multiple PT jobs…because that’s all they can find in this economy…and because their employers have them slightly below that invisible aforementioned line…even though they might be pulling in 70 hours a week…because it’s split up…they wouldn’t be able to buy healthcare for their family. Three jobs…25 hours here…25 hours there…20 hours for someone else…it’s still not the magic number of 30 required by an employer to offer health coverage on a company plan.
Eleven years ago…I piled everything I could into my car and drove 3000 miles to California away from my family and friends to take a job with CBS Radio that offered insurance. Insurance to cover my children…and me. Back then…the magic number of weekly hours was 40 and that’s what it took to be a full time employee.
There were NO jobs where I was from. None. I had nothing. I was putting in resumes every day…checking the papers and Employment Security Commission listings and scraping to feed my family. I went from being a homeowner with a great job to being a single mom without a home, my unemployment ran out and I was faced with the most difficult decisions of my life.
I don’t take anything for granted.
Every day…there are hundreds of thousands of people who were in the same spot that I was in. I seriously doubt that Ted Cruz and his cronies know what it’s like to wake up and know the humiliation of asking their mother if she can spare food for their children. To imply that the unemployed or…over-employed (those who work multiple jobs to cover their bills) are going to take advantage is disgusting and shows how blind these elitists are to the realities of how hard it is to feed your family without a law degree or trust fund to help them make ends meet.
There are so many people out there right now who are fighting to survive and killing themselves trying to keep a roof over their heads and feed their families. They deserve health care. They deserve to be able to get the medication they need.
This isn’t about politics. It’s about quality of life.
I can think of plenty of things that we pay for in taxes and never see benefits of those dollars paid-in on a daily basis. I still can’t figure out why this isn’t just something that can be optionally handled through the payroll system like SSI?
Here’s my great idea: Keep the drug ads off TV and out of magazines (those ads cost money that we pay for in the end), regulate medical costs nationally and ban politicians from accepting
donations from the drug companies.
And that’s how I would save the world…not that anyone asked for MY opinion as a voter…not that it matters…
Our government shut down at 12 midnight EST. Ted Cruz has vowed to donate his pay to charity during the down time. While that sounds noble…I don’t think he’ll be dining on Top Ramen and Kool-Aid anytime soon.
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