Back in 2010 after a famous Pelosi quote I wrote this concerning Obamacare:
My personal thoughts…..I read all the “early retirement” blogs out there. I look forward to the day the house it paid for and I can …..oh wait – no, I’ll need to keep working my very productive, nicely paid, highly taxed job because I’ll still need health insurance until I can get on the government medicare program. [tangent: I have a great job, wiht a great company, I just love the weekends!] Not anymore! Per Nancy,
“Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.”
That’s the day that lazy bums like me without real ambitions to be rich get to be the slackers we want to be. Spending our time at jobs like “writer” and “part time horse trainer” or “animal communicator”. LOL
In the millions of people in this world, it does crack me up that the media hardly ever interviews a really sympathetic character. For example the woman on SNAP program whole will be down $53 per month and will no longer be able to buy her kids kiwi. ? Seriously? She still getting > $100 a week, her kids probably have their breakfast and lunch paid for at school and she can’t make ends meet on this because she can’t buy kiwi?
My first thought….they have got to be artists living on a bunch of savings from when they made it rich in the NY scene. Yes, I’m a judger based on looks. No sympathy from me. Turns out I was right.
Elisabeth and Mark Horst, artists in Albuquerque who earn $24,000 a year between them, qualified for a zero-premium plan.
I have nothing against the Horsts. Living and painting in Albuquerque is a dream for many people.
But why should the taxpayers have to subsidize what clearly is a lifestyle choice? The Horsts are not exactly uneducated or without choices in their lives.
Here’s a part of Mark Horst’s bio at his art website:
Mark Horst grew up in small town Minnesota. He studied pottery and printmaking in high school and college, but his encounter with Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker led to years of very different work. After earning a Ph.D. in theology from Yale University, he spent time teaching and working toward neighborhood renewal in south Minneapolis. He pursued the craft of painting and drawing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the New York Studio School. He lives in Albuquerque.
If paint were a means of freezing time and protecting us from the dangerous life of the spirit, I would put down my brushes. But, for me, painting is a way of breaking time’s grip and setting loose something wild and strong.
Elizabeth also is highly educated and closed her psychology practice to paint:
I studied philosophy at Yale, psychology at the University of Minnesota, and in addition have trained in Reiki, yoga instruction, and shiatsu. As for art… I taught myself to knit at the age of seven, designed and made my own clothes in high school, stitched a quilt while writing my senior essay in college. Fiber art has always been what I do when I am not required to be doing something else (and sometimes when I am). I began to sell my handwoven scarves at art fairs and farmers markets in 2002, and in 2003 closed my psychology practice to make art full time.
No sympathy from me. These are exactly the people who should be paying into the system.