Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC US Representative,NY-14 (BX & Queens). In a modern, moral, & wealthy society, no American should be too poor to live. 💯% People-Funded, no lobbyist💰. She/her. Dec. 06, 2019 1 min read

The rule ignores the reality of American life.

Plenty of parents who support can’t claim “adult” (18+) children as dependents.

Getting disability status is notoriously difficult &food is an immediate need. What if someone has an undiagnosed mental issue, like severe depression?

These exclusionary “rules” sound great to anyone who hasn’t dealt with the actual lived experience. In truth it means paperwork, waiting, & absurdist bureaucracy.

Let’s talk about the example of severe depression, which is an elevated risk for people in economic hardship.

If you have severe depression (or any number of mental issues), everyday life is very difficult. But it’s really hard to get disability status in general for mental health issues.

So if you need food stamps, and can’t afford a dr’s visit for a diagnosis/medicine, you go hungry.

Or let’s talk about food stamps and cars!

This is one of the wildest rules to me.

If you have a busted car that’s worth a less than $5k (say, to drive to that work req), it can preclude you from food stamps.

See how these “rules” start to stack up?
 https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/facts 


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