A lot of folks despise welfare recipients. They condemn welfare as a form of excessive government spending and scoff at welfare recipients for being sponges on society. Ironically, many of these same folks, who are often far from poor, go to an awful lot of trouble to get on welfare themselves when they see a chance to cash in personally.
I am talking about the common practice of people, often with substantial means and strong anti-government sentiments, who shelter assets to qualify for welfare payments to cover long term care costs for themselves or their parents. Ask any elder care lawyer or long term care administrator. They can give you a thorough lesson on how, even if you are anti-government crusader, you can get tax payers to pick up your tab for long term care.
Don't get me wrong. I don't object to programs that cover the cost of long term care for everybody. In fact, I'd like to see the rich covered too with no means testing.
Without the support of the rich and powerful, the program would not be politically viable. No, my problem is with people who are wealthy, go out of their way to demean those on welfare, bemoan excessive government spending, can pay for family members long term care on their own dime and then as a matter of course, look to government welfare themselves to cover the costs of very expensive nursing home stays.
Of course this common practice is not illegal, but one should at least be embarrassed to publicly decry "the tyranny of dependence" while Medicaid is paying for your "Depends."
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