I went to college and grad school, because I thought it would prepare me for "the future."
All it really did was saddle me with $63k plus mounting interest in student loans (currently in default).
I taught for almost a decade, then stopped, in part because I could make more as a temp.
Currently I'm a receptionist during the week. On the weekends I have two other jobs for which I am even MORE "overqualified."
My husband, who was a Type I diabetic, worked sixty to seventy-hour weeks until his kidneys failed. His second chance at life came in 2003, when he received the second ever kidney/pancreas transplant at his transplant center. After the transplants he suffered a stroke that left him unable to drive due to seizures (his vision is also pretty poor due to numerous laser surgeries for diabetic retinopathy).
Medicare just announced that due to my having the three jobs, which barely pay our regular monthly bills, they're cutting off his "extra help."
What that means is that we're coming up on a "gap" during which we will need to come up with roughly $7k out of pocket before they'll go back to covering their 80%. That's about seven times what we have managed to save "in case of emergency." Our only vehicle is currently leaking antifeeze, and needs a new valve cover gasket and an alignment. Without it I can't get to work. Even with me working three jobs we'll never have $7k in time.
My husband will die without his drugs. We might be able to keep him alive if I drop my health insurance and stop taking all of my prescriptions (without which I cannot function) and we all eat a lot of ramen. If he dies or has to go in-patient for an extended period, I will lose my job (no childcare) and my (rented) home. My kids can go to their father's if need be but I don't know what would happen to me.
This right here is what is wrong with America.
We are the 99%