to clarify, what i mean is that usually the best decisions for any one individual are those decisions made closest to home. i would prefer that someone who doesn't know me or care about me shouldn't be the one making decisions that govern my life, at least as much as possible. if we want to live in a functional collective society, then yes, we'll occasionally have to compromise one thing for another. the most recent large-scale compromise regarding health insurance was the passing of the affordable care act. under that plan, insurance was made effectively mandatory for everyone. in order to fund the plans for people who couldn't afford them, those individuals who chose not to insure themselves were fined (this was repealed under the current administration) and those who were deemed a lower health risk were actually subjected to higher premiums. in my case, i went from a plan with a $94 monthly premium and $1,000 deductible under the old free-market system to a plan with a $550 monthly premium with a $1,250 premium. so in my particular experience, having the government interfere with my health insurance was bad for me - to the tune of $5,472 per year. i would have preferred that the stayed out of it. i am sure there is somebody out there who benefited from this new system but within my circle of family and friends, i do not know of one.
i was simply making the point that while your friend is recovering from the physical and mental trauma of his accident, i would be super happy to contribute to a gofundme that would help him out with his out of pocket expenses. i know that if i was trying to get back on my feet after something like this, knowing that the bills weren't piling up would be a great relief to me. i wasn't suggesting that a gofundme replace having health insurance or anything like that. i was just offering some assistance if needed.
as for the minimum wage, it certainly is low in many states. however, studies have repeatedly shown that raising the minimum wage typically results in job loss rather than job creation. furthermore, minimum wage positions are typically held by lower skilled and younger employees. often, these people live at home with their family or live communally and have lower cost of living. it shouldn't be assumed that having a job like that means you'll be able to buy a new home and 2 new cars and retire with a princely retirement account. instead, they're jobs to take when necessary or to gain more work experience. i used to work for $8-10/hr when i was 16 but now i make more. that is the case for most people. i do feel bad for those who find themselves working these types of jobs during a life phase when they should ideally be earning considerably more but sometimes that happens. i'd rather think that through responsible decision making and hard work, you'll almost always gain ground.
please keep us posted on your buddy's recovery so we can keep the positive messages heading his way!
theabortionatorAlso even better when it's employer based. Can't quit your job because you're finally insured. That sounds pretty free. Minimum wage is still around $7 an hour in this country, and a giant portion of this country's jobs don't offer health insurance. But again yeah, "you can choose what's right for you" whatever that means...