“Prostitutes speak out against Senate health bill” (CNN) is interesting for some insight into the economics of sex work in the one U.S. state where it is legal. The article explains that women who work in brothels are independent contractors, not employees:
At the helm is Alice Little, 27, who works near Carson City at Dennis Hof’s Sagebrush Ranch brothel. … “I have been fortunate to amass a strong clientele and establish myself as a financially successful businesswoman within Nevada’s legal brothel industry, but that can take time,” Little said in the release. In fact, she’s so successful Hof says she made about $500,000 last year.
Separately, the article is interesting for what it reveals about Americans’ understanding of their own government.
“Under Trumpcare insurers will be able to charge older consumers five times more than young consumers,” [Alice Little] said. “People over the age of 65 make up a very large percentage of Nevada brothel clients. If these clients are forced to pay unfairly augmented health care costs, they will not have money on hand to spend on the things that make life worth living in the first place — like sex.”
So here’s someone who is capable enough to earn $500,000 per year, pays a significant amount of her income in taxes to support Medicare, and yet is apparently unfamiliar with the details of Medicare, one of the largest U.S. government programs. As far as I know, the Obamacare versus Republicare debate doesn’t involve Medicare and therefore it wouldn’t affect the senior citizens that Ms. Little is concerned about. (If anything, Ms. Little should support a straight repeal of Obamacare due to that bill’s cuts to Medicare.) Have we built a government that is beyond the understanding of even our most capable citizens?
In fact, [the brother owner] says half of them have college educations, 20% have master’s degrees, a few have doctorate degrees and one, an Ivy League educated professor, picks up hours to help pay off her huge student loans.
I’m going to guess that this is not one of the alumni success stories featured by Princeton or Yale or wherever it was that she got her Ph.D.!
- Nevada family law (child support revenue capped at $234,000 tax-free per child over 18 years, so it isn’t practical to live off the profits from one night of sex with a high-income partner)
- Where New York Times readers don’t want to follow Europe: Legalized prostitution
- The strip club owner’s opinion of the $15/hour minimum wage (strippers are also independent contractors)
- Canvassing for Elizabeth Warren (the passionate Democrat who was unaware of the existence of Medicaid)