Friday, December 12, 2008

Poverty Level

Do you know what the federal poverty level is for a family of five living in the contiguous United States? There are actually two types of poverty measures, but I won't bore you with the nitty-gritty of it all. Let's just say it's between $24,744 and $24,800.

I live nowhere near the poverty level. [Not that it's a place, mind you. Sorry, inappropriate humor. Or attempt at humor.] I am eternally grateful that we have money to weather the many storms we've had to weather. I have faith that we will continue to weather those storms surely heading our way. Look, you can see them brewing on the horizon.

So why am I writing about poverty levels? Because I recently waded through all of the medical receipts over the past year. If I include what I anticipate we'll have coming down the pike over the next three weeks or so until the dawning of the new year, our medical expenses are right about the amount of money a family of five needs to bring in a year to be considered living in poverty.

Yeah, folks, we've spent nearly $25,000 on medical expenses. If that's not enough to make me cry myself to sleep, I don't know what is.

On the other hand, beside me in bed will be a husband who shows very few ill effects from his triple bypass in March, save for a much lighter wallet.

Damn, it's only money.


cjm said...

How on earth could the poverty level be that low? A family of 5?!

In other news, I saw your "I'm sick. I'm fine." tweet and I totally relate.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the slumbering peace of health definitely helps to ease the pain of the bills. That is what I tell myself when I look at my son and then think of the piles of bills on my desk. While there is no price on health, it sure does hurt your back with its weight. Good luck!

CP said...

$25,000 for your husband to be sleeping soundly next to you? Totally worth it as you said. I'm so glad he is doing well!

(bills suck. plain and simple.)

Anonymous said...

Okay, but I am SO GLAD to hear that your hubs is doing well - happy holidays, indeed!

D... said...

That does make one want to cry.

The peace of mind of having hubby sleep next to you is priceless. It is only money, after all.

jenica said...

you can write off all medical expenses over 7.5% of your annual income...

how sad it is though to think that a family of five living above the poverty level wouldn't even be able to cover their own health care costs. do we eat or pay for bypass surgery? good night.

we are so lucky to have our loved ones cuddled around us.


Jillie Bean (AKA Bubba's Sis) said...

Money well spent, I'd say!


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