Scary Charts And Numbers

These are the sorts of things The Krugman wants to expand further

A few scary factoids:

– In the 1960s, there were 18 workers per Medicaid recipient. Today that number is 2.5.

– The number of Americans on disability has risen 19% faster than jobs created during this recovery.

– There are just 1.2 private sector workers per 1 person on welfare or working for government.

– There are now just 1.65 employed persons in private sector per 1 person on welfare assistance.

Go read the rest but for god’s sake open a bottle first.

3 Responses to “Scary Charts And Numbers”

  1. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Ok. Opened bottle. Read. Now taking me 5 mins to type each letter.

    Need to buy new bottle tomorrow. 🙁

    Ok – mostly kidding. Problem is that this info has been PREDICTED since I was a college student (class of 19-effin-78). Anyone late-baby-boom or later who ever expected to get anything hasn’t been paying attention. And anyone who didn’t expect it ALL to blow up sooner or later hasn’t either.

    But most were lulled. And now they’re stuck. So, besides bitching, what can be done?

    I’m doing my part taking care of gullible parents who thought they’d be taken care of by private insurance/medicare. Umm no. Not if you need nursing care/nursing home. That’s (handily) ONLY covered if you have MEDICAID. Or end-of-life insurance (which most insurance companies don’t advertise – if they offer it at all.)
    So. I leave, they go broke, they can get medicaid – and die in a few months (sorry – I’ve seen the local facilities). Or I stay, lose any life I had, and eventually can’t handle it anymore as they both get worse, and I leave – or die of exhaustion, they go broke, they can get medicaid – and die in a few months.

    Nice deal – and it’s not just the left that left us with it.

  2. Gary from Jersey says:

    I remember a few right-wing haters and racists predicting just this back in the ’60s and ’70s and they were vilified into silence and we’re paying dearly for it now.

    I know what you’re going through. We’re taking care of my wife’s Alzheimer afflicted mother who’s going bankrupt as her resources are draining away because government rules make proper care too expensive.

  3. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Yeah – Alzheimer’s is bad (my mother’s got senile dementia, but it appears to be one of those – ‘we have no idea why’ things). There’s NO backup care for senile dementia of any sort. Unless you are poor enough to afford medicaid…

    Good luck to you and yours.

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