Saturday, February 25, 2012

This Week in Poverty: Deal on Unemployment Benefits Leaves Out Poorest | The Nation: “My husband and I and our four kids are the working poor. We have to think about rent and electricity before we think about dental care. My wisdom teeth have been a problem for over a decade now. I take ibuprofen and just keep on going. My husband has not seen a dentist since he was a teenager. He’s afraid of the costs if they find something. So it’s been 20 years. Because of Vermont’s Dr. Dynasaur program, at least my children have been lucky enough to have regular cleanings, but I had to comb through the Yellow Pages to find an office who will accept their coverage.”
         —Heather Getty, East Fairfield, VT, shared story with Senator Bernie Sanders