Obamacare Taking Truck Stop Tips

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“It really is tough,” confessed Deborah. Between skyrocketing premiums and the sagging economy, the truck-stop waitress from Indiana has seen better days when it comes to her financial situation.


“I’m not making as many tips,” she said. “Today at work, I made $20 for a seven-hour shift. On average, I was making $80-$120.”


A dramatic cut in wages alone can set back a family financially. However, when you add soaring healthcare costs due to the Affordable Care Act, it only compounds the hardship.


“I have insurance through my company, but my rates have increased. In two years, it’s gone up $200 a month. I’m losing over $200 a pay period,” she explained.“We are struggling, but managing.”


When asked how the diminished pay and increased premiums were personally affecting her family, Deborah said, “Come over and look at my refrigerator.” Unlike Washington, Americans aren’t enjoying lush golf vacations, hosting elaborate dinner parties, purchasing $12,000 dresses. Many of them are struggling to make ends met and to put food on the table.


The disconnect between what is happening inside the beltway and the rest of the country has reached an epic level. Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots, illustrated how the real income inequality resides in DC. [1]


“This year, for the first time in American history, “most members of Congress are millionaires,” reported the Washington Post – with 268 of 534 members of Congress joining the millionaires’ club. The Senate has grown even wealthier, nearly three times wealthier than Congress, with a median net worth of $2,794,024 according to an in-depth study by the Center for Responsive Politics.


Meanwhile, “the average American family’s net worth dropped almost 40 percent between 2007 and 2010” according to a triennial study by the Federal Reserve, and this drop “wiped away 18 years of savings and investment by families.”


Inequality has certainly grown during the Obama administration; between “The One Percenters in Congress,” as CNN calls them, and the ninety-nine percenters (the American people) who elected them. Perhaps that is why President Obama – the “One Percenter in Chief” who widened the income gap between himself and the American people by a whopping 462 percent during his presidency – is now trying to sell the illusion that he aims to close the inequality gap, when he has in fact made it bigger and worse.”


Serving those who are passing through, Deborah meets a variety of people from across the nation,who share her plight.


“I’ve heard plenty of the [truck] drivers talk about how their insurance has gone up, and they don’t know what they are going to do. It’s the same story,” stated Deborah. “We are all struggling.”


How do you overcome income inequity? Economic growth and freedom as described by President Reagan.


“Any system that penalizes success and accomplishment is wrong. Any system that discourages work, discourages productivity, discourages economic progress, is wrong.


“If, on the other hand, you reduce tax rates and allow people to spend or save more of what they earn, they’ll be more industrious; they’ll have more incentive to work hard, and money they earn will add fuel to the great economic machine that energizes our national progress. The result: more prosperity for all.” [“An American Life” by Ronald Reagan, p. 232] [2]


One way we can start to achieve this is by repealing a tax-burdening law – Obamacare – that disincentives Americans to work and businesses to hire.” [3]


“It needs to be repealed,” exclaimed Deborah. “It’s killing our country and the American people.”