Mark, do you have children? With a family, saving for 6-12 months is easier said than done. Quite often, things happen long before you can save that money. We saved here and there but one example of what happened is my husband getting hurt on the job, and had to to fight for his wc. We were a family of 5 and went 3 months without his income.
But then, we never had all the toys either. Our kids didn't not get extravagant Christmas presents. We tried to take the kids to a local theme park (Santa's Village) about every other year. That's when there friends were going to Disney World.
We purchased for our "needs" and not our "wants." Many working people don't understand that concept when they get into a financial crisis and continue with their 200 or so cable channels, expensive cell phone plans, gas guzzling SUV's, etc. That is irresponsible.
I have to agree with you on the "expensive toys" statement. I've been to some clients' homes in the past and have seen all the adult toys in their yard.....snowmobiles, 4 wheelers, etc. True, they might have had those toys before their financial crisis happened. When you are in crisis, you do all you can to get out of it including selling your expensive toys.
I HAVE housed a few homeless in my home over the years. What have you done for the poor besides criticize them?
Yup, they are tax payers...
I know some young men who own small businesses and work 24/7. They pay their bills and that;s about. Expanded MaineCare would help them get medical care.
But the again, why should you care? You have no heart.
They would be if Maine had accepted expanded MaineCare
I invite you to go on line to the website and put down a low income. Then respond that you are from Maine. You will get a message saying "because your state did not accept expanded medicaid, you are not eligible for a subsidy....."
As far as I'm concerned, all tea baggers can that Leap. Go on, listen to Fox News and their lies.
He asked the question: "Why shouldn't taxpayers insist that these 70,000 people buy the inexpensive new private market policies that have federally subsidized rates?"
Because there are NO subsidies for Maine's working poor in any of the states that turned down expanded Medicaid! The Affordable Health Care Act was set up with expanded Medicaid. But, dumbass legislators like Timberlake and our even dumber governor decided otherwise.
She, like her puppet master, are declaring war on Maine's poor. And, not all poor people are unemployed.
Expanded MaineCare is a must, especially for the working poor and the struggling small business owners. Because Maine has not yet accepted the expanded program, single people, under a certain income, are denied ObamaCare subsidies because of our state's choice. So, once again, the working poor must get free hospital care, thus launching a whole new set of problems for Maine.
And while, I'm at this, the governor has hired an anti Medicaid firm to review our MaineCare program? Really? That is so wrong in so many ways and probably illegal. But then, he does not know the meaning of fairness.