I see a lot of answers to questions in this section, saying poor people should "make better choices" if they want access to affordable healthcare, and that social programs are for people who are stupid and lazy. When did it become acceptable for Americans to treat the poor as if they're some sort of blight that should be exterminated, rather than human beings that are in need of compassion and assistance? Where does this "I've got mine, and to hell with the rest of you" mentality come from?
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If you're poor, and live in a state that didn't accept the Medicaid expansion, you don't qualify for coverage under ACA, and your state also doesn't cover you under Medicaid. And don't kid yourself: the poor pay proportionally more taxes.
Well who chose to make it so that a State had a choice... Medicaid AND the ACA or no Medicaid? The corrupt politicians in collusion with the Insurance companies, the ones working overtime to eradicate state rights. So the blame lies on Obama if any
Great Post. "As a result, people have a general feeling that they give enough as it is, and that they give it without any voice in how the money is used, without any say in opposing the corruption" ... exactly,its why the ranks of those fed up grow
I don't think this is about giving to charity. I think this is about the prevailing attitude that the poor are responsible for their plight, so it's OK to call them lazy, and stupid, and blame them for everything that's wrong with our country.
I apologize for misinterpreting. In that case, I would simply reiterate that this is an inexcusable attitude toward people who have little or no blame for their dire straits. NOT OK!
In order to label ALL poor people as lazy/stupid, one would have to know every single detail, fact & issue that led to each person's unfortunate situation! Impossible. That broad brush of judgement for any group is the WRONG brush!
Agreed. In America, right now, there seems to be an attitude that all poor people are lazy leaches on society, not deserving of help or compassion. I just can't get behind that sentiment.
Sorry Grace, but all I see is an answer written by someone who has never spent any time with people who are poor. Your generalizations are incorrect, and offensive, and your views come from a place of privilege.
Lisa, I agree.
The fundamental reason that applies to all is the fact that capitalism "requires" poverty in order to function. A rich man cannot B rich unless someone is poor. Otherwise there would be no power or advantage in being wealthy. Go back to school!
GREAT ANSWER, Brad!
Not a great answer. In fact, not an answer at all.
Lisa, why not? The question as written is way to ambiguous to give any definitive answer.What is your solution??
If you want to ask that question, ask it as your own question. This question has NOTHING to do with offering solutions to poverty in America---only with people's attitudes about the poor.
I don't think many Americans despise the poor, one would have to be rich to have that outlook, but many Americans DO despise the government that makes their insurance more costly, or taxes them for not having it, while Insurance Companies get more $$
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