(Closed) Have you ever accepted government assistance….

posted 10 years ago in Legal
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    Have you/Are you receiving assistance?

    Do you know someone who is receiving assistance?

    Would you seek help if you needed it in the future?

    Would you never ask for government assistance no matter what?

  • Post # 47
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    281 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @PitBulLover:  Yes it is.

     

    Also adding that I have used COBRA assistance

    Post # 48
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    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It is very different in Canada than the US regarding medical.  Yes, the governement pays our medical but it’s not waht I’d consider “assistance” becasue it’s part of our tax money that funds it. In BC, we paid a certain premium for our medical care, and if you fell below a certain income, you were entitled to assistance in the form of reduced or negated yearly fees.  You have the option to pay for elective surgeries and use of private clinics for diagnostics etc, but overall, you plretty much HAVE to have a health care card and it’s good across Canada for covering your costs.  Without it, yes, you have to pay.  But I don’t think our medical, and bursaries, grants and student loans count as “assistance” in the same way welfare or employment insurance and such do.

    I was on emplyoment insurace a couple times as a student upgrading courses and waiting for my full time job to start back up agian, but I only got paid what I had banked up, so I was really just living off money I’d already paid into the government’s coffers!

    In my future, I’d do anything and everything I could to stay off it, but at the end of the day, if it’s what I had to do to get back on my feet or keep my kids healthy, yeah, I’d do it for as long as I needed to.  I’m proud, but not too proud to acept help when I require it.

    Post # 49
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    390 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I get governemnt loans and some grants for college 

    Post # 50
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    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @KatyElle:  my similar situation with FEMA was out of desperation. Paying all this money in insurance and a crisis happens and you are essentially homeless and unable to go to work because your car is gone and bus transportation has been suspended, and you have no clothes other than your PJ’s…you are willing to accept help when needed. I have no shame in saying the goverment helped me out. Not sure what would have happened otherwise.

    Post # 51
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    7382 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Here, I can see 3 different levels.  I was pointing out the broadest level, as it makes a bit of a point that we all rely on government services to an extent.

    First Level (everyone uses): Medicare, infrastructure, education, etc.

    2nd level (few would never use in their entire life): Student loans, OAS, EI.  Basically people are paying into these things.  They aren’t a ‘free ride’.

    3rd level: GIS, AISH, social assistance, rental assistance (basically welfare, but we don’t have a program here that uses the term welfare).

    Post # 52
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    1221 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We used Take Charge in college to get free birth control and condoms 🙂

    Post # 53
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    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Yup. My DH and I hit a rough spot after we got married and were on food stamps for a while. It was extremely hard for me to deal with…I felt ashamed and embarassed of myself, I would be almost in tears by the time we got to the checkout lane. My DH and I were in no way abusing the system and worked our asses off (and still do) to make a better life for ourselves so that we could get off it. Ultimately, programs like this are available for people who need it and we fell under that category. We’re not the type to live off of assistance our entire lives and be happy with it. That’s not the life I have in mind for my family.

    My DH also gets Pell Grants and student loans for college. Proud to say that he starts Graduate School in the Fall!

    Post # 54
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    3872 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @mink:  THIS.

    People are just a lot less judge-y when it comes to certain types of assistance. 

    Post # 55
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    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @crayfish:  “I pay a LOT of taxes. If I ever need help in the future, I will absolutely ask for it.”

    Whoo! So does my husband! That was one of the only things that  made me feel better about accepting assistance.

    Post # 56
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    7321 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @cora_123:  That’s the thing. People are very quick to judge, but unless you’ve had to stand in line and ask for a handout essentially, you have no idea. It sucks.

    Post # 57
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    908 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am canadian and unemployement benefits is something that come off your paychecks.  I don’t see it as government assistance you only get out of it what you pay in to it.

    Post # 58
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    798 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    EI in Canada isn’t welfare (that’s a different ball of wax).  You pay into EI every pay cheque.  The money is yours.  I had no issues using EI when I was finished one contract and looking for work.  Frankly, I was insulted when friends “accused” me of being on welfare or “the pogey”.  

    I would do my damn best to not be on welfare…but if I needed it to support me or my kids, you better believe that I would be looking into whatever I could.

    Post # 59
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    737 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Never used it. I am very grateful for all that I have and to be in such a blessed position. Kudos to everyone who fell into a bad spell and needed help, and then rose above. Very commendable.

    Post # 60
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    6980 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    MrsMeNow:  I was a teen mom and used daycare vouchers while I finished high school and college. Without it there is no way I would have been able to finish college and now I am a nurse and make plenty to “pay it forward.” Maybe that is why I don’t mind paying a little more in taxes because I feel like I have been able to much more with my life with that little bit of help, then if I wouldn’t have taken any.

    ^^This is exactly why paying extra taxes to put towards government assistance doesn’t bother me at all. I know everyone likes to talk about this person they know (or more commonly, this person someone they know knows) who is scamming the system, lazy, has babies for the purpose of getitng more money, and on and on with the ridiculouslness— but in my opinion people like MrsMeNow are FAR more common. They use it when they need it for a leg up to get on their feet and get a good job and then start paying into the system, which helps EVERYONE. 

     

    Me personally? about 1/3 of my student loans are subsidized student loans (so I didn’t pay interest on them while I was in school). That is it for me in terms of government assistance, unless you count infrastructure stuff (I went to a public school, state college, etc). But if I ever needed it? Like, REALLY needed it? I would totally use it. I’d do what I had to do to get back on my feet and get a good job again. That is what it is there for.

    Post # 61
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    5592 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @pineapplelove:  it’s just not called “Medicare” in Canada (and health care is “free” universally so even if you’re the Canadian bill gates you’re just not presented with a bill at the doctors office).  I don’t think ab_bride was saying its not government assistance just using an “American translation” for something we have a different name for.

    Ive received a government education subsidy, use the healthcare system for free, and happily accepted my tax rebate for environmentalupgrades to my residence.

    And I suppose if you want to get technical I’ve also collected a gst rebate, attended elementary and high school for free, and when I decide to take the subway the price of fare is subsidized. 

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