I've answered the debate, and I think my answer is sufficient for this topic.
Mama to 5 Honey Bunnies
I think part of this depends on where you live too. I live in a fairly expensive area of the country. I make a decent living on my own but if I was single I would have trouble paying rent on an apartment close to work and even where I live currently (I live 40 minutes from my office but I work at home most of the time). Why bother paying for a trade that can't even allow you to still live and still might put you on food stamps?
My other thought is that I've worked since I was 16 and I'm 32. I've paid taxes since then. I find it completely rotten that if I all of a sudden could not support myself that where I have lived my whole life would want me to leave. It's just such a foreign concept to me.
I am someone who has no issues supporting people if they have exhausted all avenues and need help for a bit. I just dont want to help if they are on assistance because they dont want to seriously look for work.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Unemployment will pay for fulltime classes.
On the subject of people not looking for jobs: I live in Mass where you HAVE to have health insurance or you get penalized up the *** on your taxes. People who aren't going to be able to afford insurance through there work and/or private insurance by themselves YET, make to much money or don't qualify for medicaid aren't stupid. Why work when either ALL your money is going towards health insurance or your gonna get penalized up the ***?
I also wanted to say that my husband works full time and attends night classes part-time. I work part-time and attend classes full-time. I have an associates degree and I'm working on a bachelor's. We still don't make enough money to be denied any type of aid if we applied for it. We probably wouldn't get much in the way of food stamps, but we still fall in the eligible category. So, even families with jobs who work hard aren't always above the limit. We chose to get married young, have our family young, and do it all at once. It's hard, but we make it work. We choose to supplement our incomes with student loans when needed, but we are going to have to pay them back when we get our big boy/girl jobs.
Having been in an unemployment situation I know that it is extremely scary and stressful. We had a daughter, an apartment, a car payment and all the sudden my husbands income was gone. We did get unemployment but it's only a portion of what he was making before. We had a lease that we couldn't break without penalty and we were also in school and I was working, so moving wasn't really an option. We had to stick it out. We were very grateful for the assistance our state was able to provide to us until my husband found his current job, which he was looking for.
Having needed assistance, I am not okay with people just being on it and not working or going to school or looking for work. My husband had to be "looking for work." They never once asked us for proof that he was doing so. Our assistance programs have a lot of problems (loopholes) that make them easy targets for lazy people who want to take advantage, but it's also important to remember that sometimes they are a blessing to families who really only need a leg up in hard times. I think our country has placed a huge stigma on govt assistance which is very sad. It seems like a lot of people (not saying any of you) think that anyone on assistance must be on drugs, drinking, trying to float by ... etc. I think there are solutions to this like random drug testing (anyone who needs assistance and isn't taking advantage will not care about drug testing. My husband and I would happily have peed in a cup to feed our daughter), being harder on recipients about looking for work, and regulating what can be bought with food stamps (I mean things like soda, candy, etc ... I was amazed at what we could by. Pretty much anything edible that wasn't alcohol.My husbands sister had a "friend" who lived with his mother who fed him and he collected food stamps to buy soda and snacks. This is the kind of behavior that to be stopped so that the people who really need it can benefit without stigma. )
$1000.00 is alot of money to people who are trying to budget or are counting on some sort of refund.
A one week stay in the hospital wouldn't be so expensive if it wasn't for insurance in the first place.
Not true. Insurance contracts a much lower rate and if not on insurance the hospital can bill you their normal charges not their contracted rate.
For example...I had a claim today. 5 day stay. Total charge (not including docs, anesthesia etc.) was 48, 000. We paid them 8000.00. Big difference.