From FIRE Drill Podcast …
Our guest today concludes our Tales from Camp Mustache series with a heartbreaking tale about being disabled in America. She has asked us to remain anonymous for fear of someone figuring out who she is and taking her healthcare benefits away. It costs over 6 figures to keep her alive each year, so the penalty of being caught is steep.
She went on disability at the age of 24. 24!! That is crazy young. Because she is on disability, she is not allowed to earn over $1,000 a month, have more than $1,000 in cash on hand at any one time, volunteer too much or get a part-time job. If she volunteers for 10 hours a month, someone could see that and decide she’s capable of working 160 hours a month and take away her benefits. It’s not that she doesn’t want to work, it’s that she literally can’t afford to look like she’s doing too much.
It sounds crazy, but that is her every day reality.