Came across this article in the NY Times this morning:
For Mark and Elisabeth Horst, both artists in Albuquerque, the risks of signing up for a bronze plan were outweighed by the prospect of getting it free. The Horsts, who make $24,000 a year between them, qualified for $612 in monthly subsidies, but the cost of a bronze plan was $581 a month.
The Horsts are the couple pictured above.
I object to redistribution in general but have to admit to having sympathy for folks who fit the mental picture of “the poor”. Struggling factory worker barely getting by. Single mom who can’t pay rent, electric bill AND the water bill.
But THESE ‘effing people?!? I have to work my ass off to support these people’s health care?
The article goes on to to quote Mr. Horst as claiming to be in good health, so I’m guessing that they are making 24k is that they CHOOSE to make 24k, not because life has dealt them some shitty hand. These are people who CAN work, COULD work but are making the choice NOT to work.
And we’re taking care of them like children.
Look, I’d like to wake up every day and draw. Or color. Or make clay ashtrays too. But I don’t; I go to work and bring home the bacon.
And because I do – these people get to color.
In honor of the working poor: