2. The second-largest group of recipient families (
3,220 out of 12,422
, or 25.9 percent) had even lower incomes:
between $14,035 and $31,015
. This is the second income quartile. The families at the bottom end of this income scale don't qualify for Obamacare subsidies -- because their incomes, at less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level,
are too low
. (Obamacare was written with the assumption Medicaid would cover these families.) So the second-largest group of tax-credit scholarship recipients are people whose health care is either subsidized to the tune of thousands of dollars per year, or not subsidized at all because Georgia didn't expand Medicaid. It is worth noting, though, that many of the children in these families
would qualify for the children's version of Medicaid in Georgia
, PeachCare. And yet, scholarship program opponents would deny them money for a private education.
3. Next comes the "top quartile." The big-time earners. Families who make ... wait for it ...
at least $65,819 per year. (This includes
2,861 out of 12,422 families
, or 23 percent.) To qualify for this prestigious group, a family need only earn about 30 percent more than the median household income in Georgia. An experienced public-school teacher in Georgia
can earn that much in a year
. I don't recall opponents of tax-credit scholarships calling teachers "rich." But if they earn enough to fit in the top quartile, it must be so ... right? Regarding Obamacare subsidies, it's worth noting a family of five (the average number of dependents for scholarship recipients in this quartile is 2.74)
can earn $81,900
and get as much in health-insurance subsidies ($3,510) as the average tax-credit scholarship is worth ($3,509). That family of five would have to earn
more than $114,000
not to qualify for any Obamacare subsidies at all. But remember: They're in the top quartile, so they must all be "rich"!
4. Finally, we come to the bottom quartile (
2,329 out of 12,422
, or 18.7 percent), which had
incomes below $14,035
. It should go without saying the children in these families
would qualify for PeachCare
. It's also worth noting there are nearly as many recipient families in this income quartile as in the top one (2,329 vs. 2,861). I'm not sure how that could possibly be, since everyone knows only "rich" people get these scholarships!
What should be clear from all this is the standard line from scholarship opponents about this program being nothing but a sop to the "rich" is utterly bogus. I doubt that will stop them from making the claim, but they'll have to resort to some alternative facts to do so.