The other day I replied to a tweet about an article on a state Senate Republican who believed that people on Medicaid were just a bunch of moochers.
Here is that tweet:
The responses I received from the anonymous right-wing trolls on Twitter is now the reason why I am writing this blog. But before I get into their personal attacks, I would like to write a bit about my personal story to show why their pathetic attacks are ass-sumptious and unfounded.
I went back to college later in life. Before this I was “living the dream” up in the mountains of Colorado. I put living the dream in quotations because it is kind of an inside joke for those who have tried to make it up in the mountains. For most, making it in the mountains generally requires working multiple jobs to survive.
“Living in poverty with a view” was another phrase that often could be heard from the people trying to maintain the mountain lifestyle. My life’s mantra throughout my 20s was “work to live.” Thus I worked what felt like every job under the sun as I pursued my dream of becoming a professional athlete.
Not once did I ask for a hand out while I worked my tail off to accomplish my athletic goals. Well, unless you count the one time I called my dad to ask for some money after I had broken my leg skiing. But even with this situation I had managed to get a part time office job and used my savings to pay the rent and electricity. I had no car at the time, so I would walk six blocks on snowy sidewalks with my crutches and a full leg cast to get to work. Oh, and yes, I had health insurance.
What I am trying to say here is that I have been paying my way in this world since I left my parents house when I was 18 years old. As I reached my thirties I began to shift my focus from being a professional athlete to trying to find a way to make a decent living in the mountains. I worked at an e-commerce store part time and became a carpenter. I was working over 50 hours a week, and one hour a week removing splinters from my hands. However, during this stint of back breaking work I never managed to get anywhere close to creating long-term financial stability. Furthermore, I realized that there was no way I wanted to continue destroying my body for the sake of carpentry. Thus I finally came to the conclusion that I needed to get a college degree.
I went to community college for two years and then transferred into the University of Colorado to finish my undergrad. It was during my second year of school that President Obama and the Democrats were pushing the ACA through. I was vehemently against the ACA, and I wrote about why here.
However, after the ACA went into law, I went to the state’s health exchange website to sign up for insurance so that I wouldn’t get a yearly IRS fine. At this time, I was a full time student, working a low wage part time job (remember, the reason I can’t get a higher wage job is because I didn’t have a college degree), and working part time at an unpaid internship (you know, the wage theft con that supposedly leads to bigger and better things?) My student loans helped subsidize the rest of my living expenses. Thus because of these factors I only made a little over $13,000 that year, which then qualified me for Medicaid. So I took the help, signed up and avoided the IRS fine. I’ve only been to the doctor a few times for minor illnesses, so I barely even used it. Nonetheless, Medicaid has briefly helped me.
I graduated last spring, and decided to continue on with graduate work. I really want(ed) to become a political science professor. This goal is now becoming past tense because I am not willing to go six figures into student loan debt to become a professor. I am in the process of dropping out of graduate school and will see where my undergrad degree can take me in life. I have my sights set on working my way into the golf industry, I already work at a golf course in Denver and part time as an Uber driver. Thus I will be going into the private health insurance exchange soon.
So now that you know a bit about my story on how I temporarily ended up on Medicaid I would like to get into the personal attacks I experienced from the right-wing anonymous trolls.
First, as I already stated above, I’ve worked paycheck to paycheck since I was 18 years old and haven’t depended on a single government handout. In other words, I have contributed to society just as much as others. Second, I am not a liberal. Third, taxpayers did not buy my degree. I did! And I will be paying off the enormous amount of student loans, with interest, for probably the rest of my life.
On to the next idiotic personal attack:
So, let’s get into these idiotic comments: Am I to not enjoy any leisure whatsoever in life while I go to school full time and work part time, just because I qualified for Medicaid? Furthermore, how fucking creepy are these people to dig into my account and use it to attack my personal life. And apparently these morons think that golfing is an expensive sport. I guess they’ve never heard of PUBLIC golf courses, buying used gear, and GolfNow deals on cheap tee times. Plus, it’s free for me because I work at a golf course. They would understand that if they had simply asked questions about my situation, rather than being ass-sumptious assholes. But such is the idiocy that rolls out of the Twitter accounts of these horrible anonymous GOP people.
And here is the last idiotic tweet (there were plenty more, to which I happily and aggressively pushed back on my Twitter account):
Yeah, I’m really stoked to be going so deeply into student loan debt just so that I can be on Medicaid. And, yeah, I just want to be a “perma Student” so that I can avoid adulthood. Those last two sentences were sarcasm, ICYMI. This comment from this horrible person is just so fucking idiotic that I almost don’t know where to begin.
I can’t honestly say what motivates them to be such horrible and ass-sumptious people, but I can say that I think my story threatens their moronic, black and white, worldview. In other words, the vast majority of people on Colorado Medicaid are not lazy “moochers.” Furthermore, stating that I’m clueless for putting myself into this situation is another example of how disconnected Republicans are on the higher education situation, to which I wrote about here.
And, ironically, these moronic anonymous GOP trolls probably wonder why so few of the younger generations vote for their candidates. Well, why would anybody vote for the assholes who ass-sumptiously castigate others as “moochers” as they sink deeply into student debt in an attempt to improve their lot in life, or work full time low wage jobs to support a family?
Yes, I qualified for Medicaid because I chose to support myself through my college education on part time work/student loans. Will I always be a “moocher” who qualifies for Medicaid? Nope. Am I really just going to school to be a “perma student” to avoid adulthood? No, that’s an incredibly pathetic insult. I’m going to school because I am dealing with a world that requires a higher degree to get somewhere better in life. I will also slowly and methodically pay off the massive amount of student loan debt that I am in. And as I now enter into the private work force with a higher degree, and eventually a bigger salary, my Medicaid benefit will end.
However, I am thankful that Colorado medicaid helped me temporarily while I worked to better my life. And I will gladly pay it forward to other people in our society with my future increased tax payments.
And to those who castigate my road to an attempted better life and career while temporarily getting help from government: go fuck yourself. The GOP party is disintegrating in front of our eyes because of these kinds of incredibly moronic & disconnected viewpoints on the vast majority of American lives. Good riddance!
UPDATE on 5/1: I am about to get hired by a great company, with a good starting salary and great benefits. I will soon no longer be a Medicaid recipient, thus proving why people like Senator Wood’s stereotype of Medicaid recipients, and the horrible anonymous trolls who support her, are often wrong.