sportsjockla saidI have a friend who has been HIV+ for about 20 years. He takes his meds and is perfectly healthy. He hasn't been sick since his first diagnosis. He is collecting disability even though he is perfectly healthy. He says he doesn't want to work in an office and would rather collect free money. I told him this is dead wrong. I'm paying taxes and paying for him being lazy. Do you agree?
Why would you post this? You're the worst kind of friend to have. Do the guy a favor and stop being his "friend".
Did you ever think that maybe your friend's response wasn't how he really feels about the situation? Perhaps guilt, shame and fear play a role here, but I wouldn't expect you to understand ... multi-dimensional thinking is obviously not your strong suit.
Do you know anything about how the government used to force (and still does in many cases) HIV+ Americans without healthcare into the welfare system?
It was about 10 years ago when I helped a dear friend of mine through our joke of a system. At the time, he didn't have health insurance, and his medical bills were so high that he couldn't afford to pay them. So, in all of its infinite wisdom, the government took everything: his house, his car, his savings. He was forced into bankruptcy and ended up quitting his job because he couldn't afford the thousands of dollars it cost him per month to pay for the meds.
Today, he's still not working, but not because he doesn't want to; it's because he can't work. If he were to take a job, he would lose government assistance and, therefore, would be unable to afford his meds unless he were to make a minimum of $150K per year, or unless his potential employer's insurance plan covered pre-existing conditions.
Now, stop being such a whiny little bitch and learn to ask the right questions before you go off on some ridiculous tirade about how your friend is fleecing the system.
For what it's worth, "Obamacare" will cover everyone in similar situations, giving people without hope a reason to forge ahead and be more productive citizens.