Thanks for your very personal and confirming response, Susan! The working world is so different now — people juggle 2 or 3 jobs to put food on the table, job benefits are a rarity, and people are expected to continue working at home usually for free! As I said in my piece, in 1973 I worked at a factory, made slightly more than minimum wage, and was able to rent a nice mobile home, buy a new car, afford 3 pets, and still have some money left for fun. That sort of life is impossible today if someone makes a little more than minimum wage.
I have several clients who can afford to provide health insurance for employees but don’t and unless their employees are covered under a spouse’s premium, they go without.