Re: Big Papi' $AM$UNG
posted at 4/5/2014 7:19 AM EDT
67 I'm with you by the time the extentions were given, most of the insurance companies that offered plans like you had no longer offered them. Also if you work for a company that offeres an insurance plan you are reqiured to use their plan even when they double the rates like mine did. However, if I quit my job and work part time for McDonalds I can get free coverage and probably unemployment as well!
You have no idea how close that is to a reality I consider. I make 40-50k a year as an independent contractor.
Thanks to domestic partnership laws, I am covered by my girlfriends insurance she gets as a Healthcare employee. Without that, I can tell you right now, I ran the numbers, and for me to leave my work as an independent contractor, and take a PART TIME job, after the welfare and benefits, I'd actually be better off, with more disposable income, and working fewer hours.
The only thing keeping me from doing it is a refusal to willingly make myself part of that problem. For those that don't believe it, here's some numbers:
Daughters daycare last summer: $40 a day at the city run center, $200 a week. If I were to take the steps I mentioned above, Kindercare would have stepped in, and my portion would have been <$31 A WEEK. Net savings, on that on aspect alone, $169 per week. Nevermind fuel assistance, EBT, welfare, etc etc. I don't have credit card debt, nor student loans following me around.
So, with all that being said...I'd like to thank the tireless work of the thousands of people who have fought for rights for same sex couples...as I, too, have been able to benefit from that without needing to fulfill some archaic need to be 'married' on top of living together, having a child, and sharing every expense.
Oh yeah, that lack of marriage and child could yield ALL KINDS of benefits from the state if I went after them. I'm trying to do it the right way, and my own government conspires against me.