In this morning's paper, the state's possible cuts to Medicaid/Medicare were discussed (we have one of those governors who want to balance the state budget by cutting education and health care expenditures). South Dakota, the state in which Chelsea lives, Chelsea would be eligible for Medicaid coverage only because she has a child. Otherwise, she does not meet the state's requirements for Medicaid, given her particular situation, so far as we can understand it from watching the show. So Aubree is the reason Chelsea could use Medicaid to pay for her dental surgery pain pills--despite the fact that the Bank of Dad pays for every other little desire of Chelsea's.
There was also an article indicating that four in ten young adults in the state with no more than a high school diploma are unemployed and eighty percent of the state's department of labor job listings require skills/education beyond a high school diploma. In addition, only about a third of those in Chelsea's age bracket with no more than a high school diploma are working full time. If Chelsea has been lucky enough to find a job without completing that GED or getting a high school diploma, she's likely not working full time. She also better work her lazy butt off, or they'll be able to replace her quite easily with someone with just as much education/training, if not considerably more.
Is this the girl that wants to be a hairdresser? Seriously? Her own hair looks like it got caught in an eggbeater.
There is something wrong with a law that gives a woman healthcare just because she has a child. Talk about encouraging someone to have children. I would have no problem with covering a child, but an adult that is capable of working needs to get their own. Covering a pregnant woman during her pregnancy fine, but to give her money to have her wisom teeth out because she has a child luducrous.
I assume covering the mother's health issues as well as the child's is meant to help the child as well, since if the mother has no insurance, she's more likely to forgo medical help, even when she needs it, because she can't afford it, and if she gets sick (or God forbid, dies), the child may have no one else to care for him/her.
In the case of someone like Chelsea, however, it rankles, because clearly she has an endless supply of money from her father for things like Lady Gaga tickets and an overnight stay in a nice St. Paul hotel for herself and her friends, so I'm sure he could (and would) pay for dental/health insurance as well. On the other hand, someone was telling me just yesterday about a case involving a local sixteen year old whose single mom had a seizure at work. She survived that major seizure, but because she had no health insurance, and she felt fine, she didn't go back for the follow up check-up, had another seizure, and died. Her sixteen year old daughter has no close relatives, and her mother left no provision behind as to where she should be placed if such a thing happened. Perhaps if her mother had been covered by some kind of health insurance because she was a mom, she might not have skipped that check-up, and her daughter might not now be facing an uncertain future. I'm guessing it was cases like that which prompted the idea that mothers of minor children should be covered too.
boy she has really messed up her knee...been there had that surgury....advice DON'T DO IT....I had mine done at 25 and its only gotten worse with age because arithics sets in and the cold and the rain will always bother you
I was so fed up with this girl. This is what I wish someone in her life who claims they love her would tell her.
Chelsea, I really want you to see a therapist to discuss your decisions to continue with this young man who verbally and emotionally abuses you. You need help. You are setting a poor example for your daughter. The verbal abuse from him is harmful to your daughter. You are teaching your daughter to take abuse from a man at any costs. That is not okay. You are stuck in a cycle of abuse. I insist you see the therapist and if you refuse, I will not pay your living expenses. Here is the address and time of your appointment. AND until further notice, all visits with the dad will be somewhere else and not on the property that I pay the rent on.
(Did anyone see the way the dad twisted back his daughters leg when he was trying to change her? She yelled in pain. He could have cared less.)