Last fall, during the Government Shutdown Fiasco, I made a decision.
Come 2013 tax filing time, if the powers-that-be dictated I owed them tax payments,
“I’m Not Giving The Money To Them.”
I made plans to donate any amount specified as ‘owed’ to our local Fire Department, Road & Bridge Department, Food Bank, Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion – in short, I was going to give the money to the folks that actually provide the Emergency and Social Well Being services federal & state governments claim they provide to the vulnerable members of my community – namely, children, the disabled, elderly, those injured/maimed from service to our government and families left without a Head of Household due to those Killed in the Line of Duty.
I gleefully imagined making a photocopy of said donation checks and Photoshopping in Red over the top of them,
“I gave my taxes directly to my local good-works organizations, eliminating the need for you to budget, argue about, hold umpteen votes in Congress & Senate about, shutdown operations during a stalemate, regulate and do associated accounting for – please send me the $2.8 gazillion I just saved you by streamlining your processes”
Unfortunately, I didn’t get much work this past year, so I don’t owe any taxes – My “Cut-My-Nose-Off-To-Spite-My-Face” stand against those who fail to do their duty will have to wait…
or be fulfilled in some other outlandish manner…
Still, the thought of actually doing this brought a smile to my face and cheered me every time I thought about it the past 3 months – I got vast enjoyment envisioning the posting of what I did and having untold thousands of others downloading the Photoshop Red Overlay to attach to their own tax filing documentation –
Ah well… it was fun while it lasted…
I’m somewhat relieved because I don’t like orange and look a fright in it…
My mother is vastly relieved – she has to live in this community and having a daughter in jail for non-payment of taxes is not in keeping with her idea of ‘maintaining a good reputation’.
On the same general topic, it turns out Colorado did finally approve me for Medicaid under the new guidelines – I received my card, but have not used it for any services. Basically, because this coming year, if:
- I get the hours at my part-time job that have been promised AND
- I pick up any new website customers or get new work from existing ones AND
- My brother or mother share their good fortune with me, via a gift as they have done in the past AND
- My ex shares his good fortune of overtime with me, as he has done previously
THEN – If All these things happen in one month, I could end up over the maximum amount I can make and qualify for benefits. Funny, because if you average out my yearly income to 12 months and strip away gifts from family, I never even come close – but that’s not how they look at it, best as I can tell.
(You have to report ALL income – and oops! forgot to include the $7 I won from stocking-stuffer scratch tickets – who cares, that was in December and thus, not countable towards 2014 – – Santa, probably best not to bring me lottery tickets, in case I won $500 and had a heart attack, all at the same time….)
My doctor doesn’t take Medicaid…
My one prescription for thyroid medicine is doable, without using Medicaid benefits.
I live in fear of using my benefits and finding out I used them in a possible overage month – I can see the headlines now –
“Jailed for Medicaid Fraud – How One Woman Cost Taxpayers $626”
The above amount calculated thusly:
- Regular doctor visit ($73 /visit, pay-at-time-of-service discount rate as a goodwill, community support gesture from my physician)
- x2 (annual visit in August 2014, oops, I got mastoiditis in January 2014)
- x4 (to account for regular fees charged by providers to cover associated “f**cking with insurance/Medicaid filing costs“)
- Annual prescription costs
Alas, I’ve decided to keep that card tucked away – to not scour the slopes & plains of Colorado for the one doctor who will take new patients who have Medicaid.
Instead, I consider my card a sort of Life Insurance Policy (which I cannot ever get real life insurance affordably, because I’ve had a stroke).
I no longer worry some unforeseen catastrophe will happen and the EMTs will disregard my DNR tattoo, leaving my mom and brother with untold medical bills which exponentially accumulated before they mercifully pulled the plug on me –
I just need to remember not to have any catastrophes in the same month small good fortune arrives – if great good fortune should arrive, I’ll do my patriotic duty regarding rising government healthcare costs and dutifully purchase regular health insurance – –
I did have to laugh – the paperwork accompanying the Medicaid card made sure to inform me, repeatedly, how illegal it is for me to use my card to pay for the treatment of others – heck, a cursory search last October didn’t net anyone locally who will accept it as payment for me, let alone someone else…
My Liberal/Democrat friends are disappointed the changes to healthcare law didn’t make huge changes for me – although I try to make them see how much I am benefiting – I no longer have to pay a healthy premium each month for insurance that doesn’t really pay anything until I’ve satisfied a $10,000 deductible.
And, I’m not getting fined by the powers that be, for being irresponsible and not having any health coverage at all – –
On the other end of the political scale in my circle, I believe there is some quiet glee that the Affordable Health Care Act is costing gazillions of astrobucks without making any difference – again, they choose not to look at the issue as I do.
The nice thing about having a diverse circle of friends is your ability to see the world from a myriad of perspectives.
I still think my perspective is best, but it’s nice to know I’m not narrow-minded because I failed to broaden my horizons –
I do it on purpose with a full knowledge of vast, opposing opinions….
Things must be getting better for some, because I’ve had the opportunity for more work these past few weeks – I hope the trend continues throughout 2014 –
I’d love to make HUGE donations to my local community next year –
I’m sure you’re disappointed there will be no need for you to bake brownies and bring to the jail for me…
And, I still have the Photoshop Overlay – which took me around 30 minutes to make – would hate to see that time wasted…
Never Fear, there’s always Next Year!
P.S. Yes, I’m still slogging away at archives of those blogs I follow – if I wasn’t so rusty at writing, I would have made it to a few more today – alas, 25+ revisions of above article and time to log out and get ready for work – – -25? really? Man, do I need to get back to writing – – – and quit Saving Draft every whip stitch… 🙂