Wednesday, October 29, 2003
It's Just Too Darn Difficult!

I'm sorry, but when I read this, I just laughed and laughed and laughed:

EUGENE, Ore. - Roughly 40,000 poor people have been dropped from the Oregon Health Plan this year because of their failure to make monthly premium payments, some as low as $6 a month.
"It's an enormous barrier," said Ellen Pinney, director of the Oregon Health Action Committee. "Let alone the $6, there is the whole issue of writing a check or getting a money order, putting it in an envelope with a stamp and putting it in the mail to this place in Portland that must receive it by the due date."

PLEASE! $6 is "an enormous barrier"? "Writing a check...[and] putting it in an envelope with a stamp" is too hard for people to deal with? Oh, Lord - these people are INSULTING!

Look, the down and out may have difficulties in life, but they aren't stupid. They are still human. If they can't be bothered to write a check and put it in the mail, then hey, they'll have to deal with the consequences. But don't imply that they're somehow unable to do it. What is it with these people? Now they're standing up for the poor because the poor are somehow 'less human' than the rest of us?
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