You would want to poverty adjust a bill to consider the impact it would have on someone with lesser means. Below a certain amount of income, it is very difficult to get by, and even harder to rise. I am not saying it doesn't happen, but the American Dream is too often just a dream, and the reality is that we live in a country where poverty is a crime. We live in a country where it is illegal to be homeless, or dollar-less. It is illegal to sleep in your car.
BTW, here in Silicon Valley, often I see a certain middle age man walk by and take food out of the trash to eat it. Even though, I don't have much, I've tried to offer to buy him a bagel or something, but he refuses.
When I was young, we went hungry at times, but I did not starve.
I have a friend who used to eat from McDonalds's dumpster when he was hungry.