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White collar minimum wage

After returning to the United States from Europe where I attended graduate school, the only work I could get was adjunct teaching at universities. After marrying (my husband was a carpenter and did not get benefits), we had two children. I was able to ...
—ElizabethCA

It is not about me

I am a fortunate person and was lucky enough to have received a great education which allowed me to have decent jobs. I am concerned about the minimum wage issue because I believe we should care for the fate of our fellow Americans. It breaks my heart ...
—OdiliaTX

Single and getting nowhere

Back when I worked for minimum wage, I was single and had no children. Every single evening, I would spend at least an hour, sometimes two, going over each of my receipts from the day, if any, carefully calculating how much money I had left until next ...
—ColleenAZ

Not Enough

My first job as a teenager was for minimum wage at 3.85. Today I work as a reservist in the Coast Guard. The flexibility of my job allows me to tend to all of the medical appointments of my kids. My spouse serves on active duty, leaving me to do all the ...
—ErinVA

Less Fortunate

All Americans should be given a living wage that will support them and there families in a meaningful, nutritious, healthy home living, gratuitous life!
—russellWI

HOW CAN I ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM ON A VERY LOW WAGE???

BUYING A HOME, ADOPTING A CHILD, A ONCE A YEAR VACATION, QUALITY AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, SAVINGS FOR FUTURE AND RETIREMENT AND OTHER DREAMS ARE STUCK IN THE DREAM LIST DUE TO MINIMUM WAGE. THIS IS THE AMERICAN DREAM OF THE 98% NOT THE 2% AND WE'RE IN AMERICA. ...
—NIL

low wages

I work in maintenance . I am union so I make much more than the other workers in the building. But I hear them," I can't stay because I have to get the car back so Mom and Dad can use it to go to work" "Officer I did send the registration in,may be ...
—LoisCT

Medicare Matters to us grandmas!

I would never have been able to have 3 joints replaced if it weren't for Medicare. That is the one saving factor of getting older! I'll fight for it to stay as it is, or get better, but not ruined by those who really don't understand or care.
—NancyTX

A Good Nights Sleep

Thanks to the changes already in place with the new healthcare law, I can provide healthcare for my 23 year old daughter who is still in school and not employed.
—MaryTX

Texas Teachers Need More

I was an adjunct professor for over five years and taught a full load without blinking an eye. I was proud of my academic credentials and invested a lot of time and money to gain my credentials required to teach at the university level. By year six, I ...
—MarinaTX

As a mom, I am saddened

I am extremely lucky. I don't have a minimum wage job. I do not have worry about how I will feed or take care of my children. I cannot imagine how that would feel. These incredibly hardworking people deserve better. As a country we should be ashamed ...
—TaraNY

Let's do what is Right

I have all the classic characteristics of a one of your Republican constituents.....68 year Old White male Texas who went to U of Tex, is an Army vet and business owner . I have been married for 45 years , have two grown children and 5 grandchildren. ...
—EricTX

Caring for a family

I have a wife who has migraines and seizures. My oldest two children are out of the house and starting out on their own. My youngest is in high school and has been diabetic since she was 7.

I am the sole breadwinner for the family.

Without the Affordable ...

—DonaldTX

Finally! Healthcare Insurance!

I am retired and am covered by Medicare plus I also pay for a supplemental insurance plan, so I am fortunate. My grandchildren would not have health insurance were it not for Obamacare. One is a 20-yr old college student and one is 24 and is a pastry ...
—BettyTX

Medicaid & Medicare

My story starts as of Dec. 15, 2013. I got a call from the hospital's emergency room that my husband was in critical conditions and i needed to go right away. (I have been separated from my husband for over 3 yrs) anyway i went and they told me he had ...
—SylviaTX

Thank God!

My 27-year-old daughter will obtain her Master's Degree with a $50,000 debt; if in addition she had to pay for her medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis, she would not have anything to eat. With the Affordable Care Act, she has access to and cannot be denied ...
—DoloresTX

I got onto Medicare

I contacted Kaiser Permanente when I retired and asked about their Medicare Cost plan. It's great very low monthly premium ($15) and I get lots of free services like a Wellness exam without co pays. Those of us over 65 or disabled enough for Medicare ...
—Anne GrayVA

ACA: No Pre-Existing Conditions

I had major medical "pre-existing conditions". My insurance coverage was steadily increasing to the point that my monthly premium exceeded my mortgage payment. I was giddy with excitement as I was asked only one personal "medical" question: Did I smoke ...
—Susan

My Friend Richard

Richard has a pre-existing condition. He had stage 4 throat cancer a few years ago. He had been unable to afford regular coverage because of that and was only able to buy catastrophic insurance which did not cover his PET Scans. He enrolled in Obamacare ...
—JeanneDC

Not really a story

Just recently I noticed that every time

NPR mentioned the Affordable Care Act they prefixed it with the adjective "unpopular". For me, the Affordable Care Act is very popular. I have a daughter who is turning 26 in June. She has a pre-existing condition. ...

—DeborahNY
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