I am a social worker and it amazes me how much money people can have and still qualify for Medicaid. Even working people with $2,000 in the bank, a car, and a house can still qualify. SCHIP can cover kids up to age 25 (and up to age 30 in some states). Once you’re on Social Security for at least two years, you get Medicare for the rest of your life, even if you’re only 18 when you begin receiving SSD payments.
So… if we’ve covered all the “vulnerable” bases, why are we devaluing the dollar to spend trillions of dollars on… who? Middle class people who want to spend their money on things other than health insurance? Rich people who simply choose not to have it? People here illegally?
It has been interesting to watch Democrats push for something without their usual “What about the poor?!?! What about the children!?!? My God, the children?!?!?!” There is no compelling reason that we need to spend TRILLIONS on this thing right in the middle of a recession with 10% unemployment and the dollar falling rapidly against all other foreign currencies.
After all, what good is universal health care if we suffer a Weimar-Republic style economic collapse?
Yes, I am a social worker. Why is that such a surprise? If you were a social worker you would understand that no one is too “poor” for health insurance. If they were “poor” they’d qualify for Medicaid. You can earn a lot of money on Medicaid, and many of my clients do. There are college students on Medicaid! Plus, there are other benefits of being “poor” – you can get your housing for free, medications for free, food for free, subsidies for education, etc.
Just because I am social worker doesn’t mean that I think people are entitled to everything under the sun. Some people, such as me, have to work for a living! There are six clients on my caseload who live in nicer houses than me and two clients who make more money than me. One guy gets $4,000/month in SSD; I make only $2,100/month!