People have hundreds of dollars in taxes taken out of their paychecks every month that go to Social Security and Medicare. Despite the fact that my current generation is paying taxes and having the money diverted to these social funds, we are all very aware that when it comes time for us to dip into Social Security or even qualify for Medicare, that it won’t even exist. Sure we complain about it but the only thing that truly makes it worthwhile is to know that our parents might be able to get these benefits – hopefully. Despite the fact that the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve are unconstitutional institutions that dominate the country, we continue to pay our taxes with little to no complaining.
Most Americans have fallen on hard times. The recession we are slowly inching ourselves out of has left millions more without a steady income or health insurance. Given the fact that some economists are now talking about a “double-dip recession” and how things are going to get much worse before they get better, many of us are terrified. The majority of us are either unemployed or underemployed and will gladly take a low income job just to have that steady check coming in every couple of weeks. If insurance is offered, we jump at it.
In Arizona we pay higher taxes on everything. Thanks to the residents of Arizona, we passed a bill that increased our sales tax. Buying groceries for a family of five in this state now requires most people to clip coupons and shop generic. Top Ramen sales are probably sky-rocketing. But are wallets aren’t getting any thicker and, to be quite frank, the economy of our state isn’t improving. Teachers and government workers have to take mandatory furloughs and sometimes don’t even get paid. Instead, they get an IOU. Let us be honest, my friends. An IOU from any government is never going to be repaid. Our federal government doesn’t care much about us; to them it’s all politics. They will tell you what you want to hear so that they can continue to stay in power and live off of those who fund their campaigns. Nothing is much different at our state government. Especially this year. It is an election year. Yet we still remain peaceful.
As Americans we learn to adapt. One thing that we can’t change, however, is the state of health care in this country. Sure, parts of the healthcare reform bill will go into effect in 2012, but what about now? While illegal immigrants qualify for hundreds of dollars in food stamps and state sponsored health care in Arizona, hard working Arizonian’s can’t qualify for a state-sponsored health program because of ridiculously impossible restrictions. For example, in Arizona you have to make, at most, $8 an hour to qualify for AHCCCS which is Arizona’s Medicaid agency. If you make even a dollar over this, you are denied. I think it’s absolutely incredulous that people who have been paying their taxes every year for thirty years cannot get AHCCCS because they make a small amount of money over what they are allowed to. A miniscule amount. Instead they offer a program where you can get discounted healthcare. Does that really help though? Discounted prescriptions are still going to cost a couple hundred dollars. Then you face this dilemma that I know millions are facing: Do you pay your mortgage or do you pay for your prescriptions that keep you healthy? It’s sad to say, but most people are going to pay their mortgage and hope that they don’t have a heart attack any time soon.
I’ve read the bills on this Healthcare Reform. I believe that this country needs healthcare reform. When your insurance becomes void because you’re pregnant and it’s a pre-existing condition, that’s just insane. It’s only a matter of time before insurance companies refuse to pay for your chemotherapy or radiation treatments because cancer runs in your family and is therefore considered to be a pre-existing condition. Do I like socialized healthcare? I would like it a hell of a lot more than I like the healthcare system in our country at the moment. When a third world country has better healthcare than the greatest country in the world, it’s time to sit back and reexamine what is going on.