Organized by “Siouxsie Q,” a Bay Area sex worker, the event was meant to encourage other sex workers to enroll in the new insurance exchanges. It was a rousing success: Nearly 40 men and women attended and almost all of them filed enrollment paperwork.
In the all-cash, off-the-books sex industry, workers can be particularly high risk and insurance is often out of reach. Many sex workers — a broad term that can refer to a number of services, including sexual massage, prostitution, and escort and dominatrix work — consider themselves self-employed entrepreneurs who can’t afford to purchase healthcare. But that could all change with the Affordable Care Act.
The women at the party recognize that taxpayers might not be enthusiastic about their dollars subsidizing healthcare for sex workers.
“Their tax dollars are going into other programs that deal with the aftermath of not having healthcare,” Holloway said. “We’re paying for it anyways, and we’re paying for it in a way that people still get sick and still die.”
The libertarian streak in me says if consenting adults want to exchange money for sex acts that’s fine and dandy, after all it is the oldest profession in the world.
If you want to make money by selling your body, I say that is your right as a free American. However it is not a “right” to force other free American tax-payers into subsidizing your poor life choices. If you made your bed, you should have to lay in it.
Hat tip: Cardigan @ IOwnTheWorld.com