Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Scared To Death
I wish someone in the know - a Supreme Court Justice, for example - would just tell me that this whole HHS mandate thing is a flash in the pan. That it is unconstitutional and will never, ever be allowed to be put into practice. I am scared to death. If the mandate is allowed to stand, it's been made clear by the USCCB that they will have no choice but to close Catholic hospitals and Catholic schools and Catholic universities and Catholic charities rather than compromise on beliefs. I am behind them 100%, but I also know if that happens, we will lose our jobs. My husband teaches at a Catholic school. My boss's wife is a nurse at a Catholic hospital. Both are the main breadwinners in their families. Without the financial support of his wife, the store where I work will have to close. Without my husband's job, we will both be unemployed, uninsured and looking homelessness in the face. My husband is a few years away from retirement, but not nearly close enough that we can make a go on his Social Security checks (and he's not old enough to get them anyway) and the little we have in IRAs. If another school district were interested in a very good, very experienced teacher, they'd have to know that with his years of experience, he'd be at the top of the pay scale. He's just too darn expensive to hire. It's much cheaper to hire a new college grad at bargain basement prices. We have 7 years to go before our house is paid for. I am so afraid that we will lose the house we dreamed of and worked so hard to get, all on the brink of it being paid for. As for me, I have a college degree that is outdated and very little experience. I may soon be asking you if you'd like a cart at the Wal-Mart doors or perhaps if you'd like fries with your sandwich. The future looks very bleak and I am terrified. Thanks so much, Mr. Obama. Thanks for nothing.