You may recall the Everlasting Gobstopper from the story "Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory". Willy created the candy for children with very little pocket money so they could buy a piece of candy they could suck on and it would last forever.
Welfare A.K.A. the "Everlasting Gobstopper V1.0";
The welfare programs were originally created to help struggling families make it through rough economic times. The programs were never meant to be permanent replacement for people working or to create a society reliant on those programs as their sole means of existence. But there were no stipulations for people receiving benefits that they need to be seeking work or working to better their financial situation. People soon learned they could milk the system and avoid working and could even have more children raising the amount they received. In other words welfare became an Everlasting Gobstopper v1.0.
Some people believe that welfare was a contributing factor to many state and local governments budgetary problems and in the 1990's Local and State legislatures started calling for reforms to the welfare system because it had become such a burden on State and Local Governments. In 1996 Former President Bill Clinton signed the Welfare Reform act which put limits on the amount of time you can collect Welfare benefits and other stipulations that you have to show you're working to get off of welfare effectively Bringing the Everlasting Gobstopper V 1.0 to an end
"Before the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, welfare was "once considered an open-ended right," but welfare reform converted it "into a finite program built to provide short-term cash assistance and steer people quickly into jobs." Prior to reform, states were given "limitless" money by the federal government, increasing per family on welfare, under the 60-year-old Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. This gave states no incentive to direct welfare funds to the neediest recipients or to encourage individuals to go off welfare (the state lost federal money when someone left the system). One child in seven nationwide received AFDC funds, which mostly went to able-bodied single mothers.
After reforms, which President Bill Clinton said would "end welfare as we know it," amounts from the federal government were given out in a flat rate per state based on population. The new program is called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). It also encourages states to require some sort of employment search in exchange for providing funds to individuals and imposes a five-year time limit on cash assistance. The bill restricts welfare from most legal immigrants and increased financial assistance for child care. The federal government also maintains an emergency $2 billion TANF fund to assist states that may have rising unemployment."
It appears we haven't learned from history because we are about to repeat it!
Health Care Reform A.K.A. the "Everlasting Gobstopper V2.0";
If the Health care reform bill is passed they will be creating another entitlement program to subsidize the purchasing of health care insurance for people who can't afford the full cost of health insurance. The health insurance reforms will also require you to Buy Health care insurance or face fines or penalties and possibly even jail time if you don't. They justify the mandate for buying insurance even though some people can't afford it by saying the new insurance subsidy program will help people who can't afford it with insurance subsidies to cover the difference. In other words health Insurance subsidies will become the "Everlasting Gobstopper V2.0".
"The President's Proposal also improves the cost sharing assistance for individuals and families relative to the Senate bill. Families with income below $55,000 will get extra assistance; the additional funding to insurers will cover between 73 and 94% of their health care costs. It provides the same cost-sharing assistance as the Senate bill for higher-income families and the same assistance as the House bill for families with income from $77,000 to $88,000.
Reduced Cost Sharing: Percent of Costs Paid for by Health Insurance Plan Income
Income for a family of four House Senate President's Proposal
$29,000 $33,000 97% 90% 94%
$33,000 $44,000 93% 80% 85%
$44,000 $55,000 85% 70% 73%
$55,000 $66,000 78% 70% 70%
$66,000 $77,000 72% 70% 70%
$77,000 $88,000 70% 70% 70%
Ranges from 133-150% of poverty, then 150-400% of poverty in 50% increments, rounded to the nearest $1,000
If I make less than $33,000.00 the government is going to pay 94% of my health insurance Premium. If I make $33,001.00 dollars they only pay 85%. 10% of a $6000.00 yearly policy is $600.00. I'm I really going to want that $50 dollar a year raise when it will cost me $600 a year. And why would I ever want to make more than $88,000 a year when the Government is picking up 70% of my health insurance bills. If I'm in a lower income bracket why would I ever want to work to get into a higher bracket when it would cost me more money? It would be stupid for me to ever strive to do better to get off the Everlasting Gobstopper V2.0.
Didn't we learn from Welfare what happens when there are no incentives for people to push themselves to get off the Governments Everlasting Gobstoppers. Didn't we learn what happens when you don't place limits on the amount of time people can collect a benefit otherwise they will never do anything themselves to get off of it and will rely on that benefit forever?
So how do you like the idea of paying for someone else's candy for the rest of eternity?
Maybe I should have titled this article "Everlasting Gobstopper V2.0" A.K.A. the redistribution of your money!