You are correct, I do not pay mortgage or rent. It is the reason that I live in this community. I take care of my disabled father-in-law. My mother-in-law lives nearby, when she is unable to care for herself, we will assume care of her. Aunts and brothers and a grandmother all live on the "family property" - we all inherited it, from my husband's ancestors. I am fortunate to have married into this family structure - I am fortunate to have been given a home, a home that we have continually share with our family. It is one way we provide for one another - aren't you glad you aren't paying our rent with your tax dollars? Inherited land and property are common reasons that people remain in a town with few opportunities.<quoted text>
So you don't have a mortgage or pay rent? You are too too much. My house was paid for but I moved and now have a mortgage and pay for private healthcare insurance. Looks like there is no "affordable" healthcare for you unless you expect a total stranger to go to work everyday and help you pay for it.
I am able to have a low wage job because I have a low cost of living. I garden to lower food costs and control my expenses avidly. It is a fun challenge. During tough circumstances, we sacrificed cable and internet service. We eliminate entertainment costs by not "eating out" or going to theaters. I live a very modest life - I avoid materialism. The items I own are USEFUL to me. Most people are shocked at how inexpensively we live. Even our vacation consisted of renting a campsite and driving to trail-heads.
Our health insurance is our LARGEST bill. It takes up 1/3rd of our household income. There is a huge deductible so the actual benefits we receive from our outrageously expensive insurance is a tiny fraction. What am I paying for? I am footing the bill for someone else's medical expenses within this private insurance company. Why? Uh.. I'm supposed to? But look, the government understands that my circumstances are unreasonable - they are offering me health insurance that fits within my budget. Thanks, government! I needed that.
Quit acting like I'm mailing you my health insurance bill. You will pay the same amount of taxes whether or not I purchase government sponsored health insurance. The government decides how to spend your money, not me.