Originally posted by KazetNagorra
The welfare state in western and northern Europe was established in the early 20th century. It has been an astounding success.
Astounding success, that is great. I am happy for them.
Do you know what the current back log in USA S.S. applicants is right now?
If you became disabled right now, in this country, you had better have.
1. short and long term disabilty insurance, if you can afford to, buy them yourself, because company ran LTD abides by a different set of rules.
2. savings to survive on your own for at least 1 year.
3, no house payment would be great
even if you get lucky, do not have to hire a lawyer, your benefits don't start for 6 months. Then they are paid retroactively. if you have hired a lawyer, most of that back pay is given to them,, check out Alsop, or bender and bender, they are your best friends.
Try navigating this system without a lawyer, and you will more than likely go broke before you win a case.
Then you wait 6 months before medicare kicks in, if there is anything there.
S.S. and medicare will be the subject of our next great bail out, especially now with less people working.
Most of the "original" population fled those countries to avoid what is happening to them now.... being told what to do by their governments. They had a concept of freedom, which was vastly different than what is being presented in the USA at this moment. But tides change, and patience is a great virtue.
Long Live the Queen!