just thought of something that pertains to this topic. my best friend is in a similar situation to the woman i spoke of when i made the topic. a couple of years ago he was married. he was married for over 16 years actually. has a 20 year old son, and was making good money working on small engines. anywhere from dirtbikes, other motorcycles, lawnmowers, tractors, boats, and even washing machines and dryers. he was making $25 bucks an hour. they only had one kid, so his wife never really had a full time job during that time, but she had a few part time minimum wage jobs over the years. he was making over $50k grand gross a year, had health insurance for a very low premium, and zero deductible, and cheap co pays. dental, vision, his wife had a lot of health problems too so he got a good deal. if he bought insurance outside of his employer he wouldn't be accepted just like me if i had to, or we wouldn't be able to afford it. he never owned a house, and they never had a brand new car, but they rented nice places, and got by good. always had plenty of food, bills were always paid on time.
about two years ago his wife left him for another man, and eventually he lost his job. just personal difference with the owner. he left, and eventually moved down to florida for a year, and got a job doing small engine repairs down there making good money. probably not as good as up here, because the cost of living is higher here, and so are the wages. his son went into the army and was stationed in kentucky, but eventually was discharged for a health ailment, so my best friend moved back recently here. he got a job working at a restaurant. they pay him only $8.35 an hour, and he works usually 55 hour weeks usually so he gets in some overtime there, and he also goes out with another guy we know who does land clearing a couple times a month to work with him, and he pays him cash for a days work. now i don't know if he would qualify for these entitlements, but he doesn't have insurance anymore. the only help he gets is his landlord rents him a 1000 square foot house with a finished basement as well, and 3 bedrooms for $550 bucks a month which it should be rented for anymore from $1000-$1200 a month, but he knows his situation, and has accomodated him. sometimes his son stays as well, but other times he stays with his girlfriend, and his mother, but he doesn't get along with his mothers new man partly because he's loyal to his dad, and partly because i guess the guy is a dickhead.
so my best friend don't get health insurance however he does get one nice benefit from working in this restaurant, and that is food to take home, so he doesn't really have to buy food at all at home aside from drinks, and other essentials his work doesn't provide him with. dog food and snacks he has to go shopping for. sometimes though his boss is generous enough to give him lobsters, and steaks, and crabs so he takes those home, and makes them for meals. he says if he gets fined for having no insurance he will seriously move to either mexico or canada, and asked if i wanted to go as well half jokingly, and half serious. he drives a 1994 oldsmobile bravada with 225k miles on it, but he has always had clunkers, and gets a new or i should say OLD new car every few months. he also has a ducati street bike. he does have some medical bills that accumulated from after he lost his job, and insurance though. he says he doesn't want any government help on it, and insists he does not want to be subsidized nor fined. so i think it's a joke that he either has to take the subsidy or be subject to fine. this bill is a tax nothing more. anyone who thinks that someone should be fined for not buying insurance is sick. i'm sorry, but they're sick.
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