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I just published a diary about moving my money away from BofA and it got me to thinking about how incredibly lucky I am.  My intent isn't to boast, but rather to talk about how much I wish I could give this luck to everyone else who is in such desperate need of it.

18 months ago I published a diary about becoming unemployed and then employed again in a short space of time.  I've given thanks every single day for the job I have, and given as much as I can of my time & money to try and provide for people not so fortunate.  What keeps me up at night is thinking about how easy it would be for me to be on the opposite side of this.  Simply losing health insurance would do it.  

My husband is disabled.  He has a neuro-muscular disease that requires an incredible amount of medication to keep him going.  Even with the health insurance I get from my job, it's half of a low-priced new car per year in copays.  Thankfully, I manage to pay it and we keep going.  

The thing is, I look at my salary and can't help but wonder how the vast majority of people actually manage to keep it together.  While I'm not anywhere near the 1%, I make a damn good amount per year.  But all it would take to make us homeless is a single medical emergency.  Not even a really major one, or one that would require long term care.  If I don't work we're done.  I will never be able to work at a non-corporate job and risk having to pay individual rates for health insurance.  Never.

I suddenly feel like I'm whining and I really don't want to do that.  I'm blessed to be where I am, do what I do, and have a job that lets my family stay relatively healthy.  My hope is that everyone can be as fortunate and I'll keep working to make that happen.  

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  •  Same View From Another Angle: (2+ / 0-)
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    LWelsch, JMoore

    We earn a little below the national median.

    No kids. We own a microhouse under 1100 square feet. It cost us half the national median and we paid most down, our mortgage is basically a car loan. We're old enough to qualify for property tax discounts so our monthly housing is very low. Our regional cost of living is 80% national median. We own our car, used at time of purchase, outright.

    We don't travel. We don't buy new clothes. We don't eat out. We don't attend entertainment that charges admission fees. Movies, concerts, festivals, nope.

    We have college educations. We're both internationally known for our work. I can't begin to describe how lucky that feels.

    We don't have money, and we can't save money. Unless we're even luckier and die suddenly, this isn't going to end gracefully.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Nov 05, 2011 at 10:33:29 PM PDT

  •  Big difference between whining and venting (1+ / 0-)
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    Whing is for people who CAN do something about what's bugging them and don't !

    Venting is for those of us who are usually between a rock and a hard place with very little control of the fact that the damn rock keeps shifting and squeezing us in & cutting off our air...

    I've had to stay at a job that cut my pay....cut my benifits....slashed a big hole in my dignity..all because I knew another job would be impossible to find and my family does need the health care this job still provides...

    We do what we got to do... but that doesn't mean we have to accept it and suffer silently...So you keep sharing with us....Colllective Venting is what is making us stronger :)

    “And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

    by JMoore on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 01:53:12 AM PST

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