OK, so my Welfare Sterilization Incentive post ("Get Smart") from a few posts back is getting interesting. You can click on that link to read the original story, my post, and the comments. I'm made a new thread to respond to everyone's comments.
Annie: While I definitely agree with you - having kids you can't afford is a stressor on the system - I disagree with out and out mandatory permanent sterilization. What if the $1000 (permanent sterilization) offer was kept on the table with no strings attached and the rules were changed to mandatory Depo shots or something like that necessary so that for those who are using this as a stopgap measure aren't permanently sterilized because they needed help (ie, Tony's situation).
Bernice: Good idea. We'd save on the tax breaks those potential children would be providing, as well. More money would stay in the system to go to other stuff. But I think the incentive should remain in place for those on welfare, and we could make it free for everyone else. What do you think?
DetailMedic: What if it was simply free with no incentive? Also I've asked around - it seems they are reluctant to sterilize someone with no kids (on the idea you might change your mind later) - I don't believe you have any. Would you still go for the procedure?
Elizabeth Bryant Alexander: I agree. There seems to be a lot of support for this from the people who work in public services and health care. Even if that's $400/year for each person on that, if it keeps the individual from having one kid they cannot support, it pays for itself.
ChuckR44 - from what I can determine in my state you lose your medicaid if you test positive for drugs - but no one really does any testing (most of the time it's in the ER - the doc can contact the state about yanking the person's medicaid, but nothing comes of it)!
NewGradNurse: I'm not suggesting we go all the way and make it so that you are permanently sterilized while on public assistance. What do you think about temporary sterilization?
And where does race play into the picture? No one has made this a racial issue or mentioned race (georgeh said I might be called racist, but that's it) except...you.
Bianca: Thank you for commenting. I may be making some awful deductions, but I'm interested in hearing what you think about the proposal :)
Alright! Fuel on the Fire! Thanks to everyone for participating!