- Posted October 2, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
A few months ago I moved to Washington DC to work for a federal agency. The move that I made was not only far but my first and as a result it cost me nearly all my savings to be able to get out on my own. Over the last few months I have been very careful with my money and have started replacing those savings. Now that I'm furloughed those savings are being drained. Each week will take about 10% of my savings. I won't be able to save as quickly again and now with the mandated insurance for individuals I'll have a brand new expense. It's very frustrating to me to see my financial position dropping so quickly because our elected leaders were unable to pass a budget. I'm shocked that our leaders not only failed to pass a budget that was due 8 months ago but they've allowed this shutdown to occur. It boggles my mind to think they failed to complete one of their major responsibilities for nearly 3 quarters of a year and they have no consequence.
The people that are feeling this shutdown the most are people like me who are just starting out. People with families. Just every day people trying to support themselves. I can't believe our leaders are allowed to leave, or take breaks, while they fail to do their jobs. Over the past week I've watched both the House and the Senate and it seems like all it has been is speeches by individuals. They exploit the veterans, the women, the children, all while trying to blame someone else for not being able to do their job. Why can't our leaders sit down, both houses, and work this out? It seems like every vote is along party lines. It honestly seems like a modern era civil war. I also feel really bad for the tea party. It seems like as the little guy, and the newcomer, all the blame is being directed at them. I'm no political analyst so maybe it is their fault but it sure seems like they are being bullied by these larger parties. I'm sure the independents and the green party are relieved to have a new scapegoat. In my opinions all members of Congress deserve a F for teamwork, collaboration, and working well with others. They are playing with peoples lives in order to give a speech. They are all stubborn, selfish, bullying children. I can't believe they can't work together, for something they were legally required to do 8 months ago!
As for the ACA, I agree with the 26 years of age thing, and the pre-existing conditions. What I don't agree with is being forced to get health insurance I can't afford at this time in my life. What's funny to me is that the bronze package is about $200 a month. Well, through my federal agency I can get infinitely better coverage (the comparison is laughable) for $100 a month and my agency kicks in $300. Or I can pay about $40 in fines a month and get absolutely nothing. As someone who really enjoys numbers and math I can't figure out how I'm better off under this Act. As someone who makes around $40k a year I consider myself middle class.
I will keep my hopes up that this furlough doesn't last long and that Congress will grant us retroactive pay. It's a loss in manhours, which is infuriating, but as someone just starting out and living paycheck to paycheck I can't afford to not get my salary.