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Note: I’m closing this to comments because I honestly don’t currently have time to engage on the topic or moderate a discussion. I just wanted to put my thoughts out here for people to consider. Thank you.

Things I Think About: AHCA = TrumpCare = DEATH

Health insurance is important because accidents and major changes in personal health can happen to anyone at any time, at any age. A combination of genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and daily habits can hit you with cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, autism, or who knows what out of the blue. After all, life happens whether or not you’re making plans.

House Freedom Caucus member and Idaho Representative (Republican) Raul R. Labrador said, “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”

Congress members make about $174,000 salary each year, perks and benefits not included.

I don’t expect him to know the price of milk, but to not get that people without health care die? How can someone not understand that?

Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance concluded in a 2009 study that “nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance,” and “uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts.”

Republicans have said that people will still have access to health care with AHCA, and insurance companies won’t be able to refuse coverage to anyone, even people in high-risk categories with diseases that can currently only be managed, not cured; babies born with diseases or other problems; the elderly, etc.

BUT, AHCA says insurance companies can raise insurance rates on high-risk categories, making insurance unaffordable to people who desperately need it and are more likely to die without care. After all, what do they say at the doctor’s office, hospital, lab work office, and ER?

“I’ll need to see your insurance card.”

And don’t think your employer insurance won’t go up if you’re in one of those categories.

Paul Ryan whines about how young, healthy people will end up paying for old sick people.

Guess what? That’s actually how insurance works and always has. Parents pay for children and can cover their children up through age 26 under the Affordable Care Act. Then, the cycle shifts and the younger people help cover the older people.

Trump’s AHCA would change that, making older people, the majority of whom who are on fixed incomes, pay a lot more for health care when they may already be juggling to pay for food, rent, and utilities.

AND, AHCA includes a HUGE TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY. Why? So Republicans can sneak it in. If the huge tax cut for the wealthy were put in a tax reform bill, they know it wouldn’t pass, with good reason. It reduces the tax revenue, making it difficult to pay for vital government services.

We need to leave the Affordable Care Act in place. It may have problems, but better to fix those specifically than rip it out by the roots and leave millions of Americans without health care.

Better still, we need Single Payer. We need to bring the cost of medicines and procedures down instead of allowing them to rise steadily. Making sure that all Americans have health care will make us stronger as a nation. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the moral thing to do. It’s the patriotic thing to do. And at the end of the day, it’s the cost-effective thing to do.
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Goodnight, folks! Pleasant dreams...
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This has been playing in my head today.
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Goodnight, all! Pleasant dreams and be safe.
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This. Definitely this.

And importantly, when we do good, we need to use our resources well and not wear them out or use them up, because there is always more to be done. More help to give. More good cheer to spread. More encouragement to give. So many more miles to go before we sleep.
Good  people have to get better at doing good. We have to do more. We have to give more. We have to love more. We have to forgive more. We must get better at being good, It is not enough to do no harm. We have to constructively, actively, participate in making the world a better place,. Extend your notion of family. Extend yourself  to your community. DO SOMETHING GOOD! 
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Goodnight, all!

I'll be back tomorrow. :^D
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It has been a year of real life ugly mess and unpleasantness, but I have managed to make time to come back once again. This time, I intend to stay and check in more often. I've just been looking around and catching up a bit, and it's nice to see that nifty people are still here. :^D
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This. Via +Bailey Skiles 
A man needs help to figure out who he is! Please share this article if you have people from Central Europe in your circles =) 
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Goodnight everyone! :^)

Madness - It Must Be Love
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This. Via the always interesting +Rowan Cota 
The Myth of Concern as a Limited Resource

On Monday, I posted about International Transgender Day of Visibility. Almost immediately, someone responded to the post, asking about the "more important issues out there" that people supporting this cause were obviously ignoring, such as "global warming, child abuse, animal cruelty, famine, etc.," because they were so busy worrying about this one, single thing. 

Anyone who's ever written about transgender rights, gay rights, sex workers rights and even feminism has encountered this silencing tactic. This derail is so common, it's one of the better known logical fallacies. Usually, such comments are ignored -- a fine response considering their worth -- but I want to take a moment to address this issue just the same.

Sometimes, when something happens that impacts me but I don't have the emotional bandwidth to deal with it, I joke that I'm "all out of fucks." Occasionally, I even do this to the tune of the pop ballad "All Out of Love" by Air Supply. And I'm not the only one who describes concern in terms of a fuck: "there goes the last fuck" renders 49,500,000 results in Google. Countless gifs have been made illustrating the many fucks given -- sometimes in flight, sometimes in a glass, and always in association with scarcity. We either don't want to give a fuck, or we have no more fucks left to give. 

This isn't actually descriptive of how concern works. Concern isn't a limited resource. There is no allotment of fucks we all get at birth that we need to ration, lest we run out in our thirties. When we lobby behind a cause, we're not giving up our fucks, never to care about anything again. And, certainly, if we lobby publicly, we're not attempting to get everyone to give us their fucks so that they can't worry about anything else ever again. 

Actually, once you start thinking critically about human rights, or the system, or conservation, it's a lot more likely that you will pick up on other causes worth supporting. Looking at the world this way isn't limiting -- it's expansive. 

I got into sex workers' rights through working to fight labor injustice. Sex workers' rights took me to the realities of poverty, homelessness, police brutality, legal overreaching, a broken welfare system, and more humanitarian causes worth supporting, though not related to sex work. Simultaneously, concerns over lack of sexual education took me to freedom of speech, privacy, and scientific literacy, which in turn took me to global warming, pesticides, and animal welfare, among other issues. These are only a handful of the many things I care and worry about. While it's true that we only have so much time, posts are not the only way that people signal support for change. A sex blog will only cover a handful of the issues I care about, but there are a number of ways to participate in other causes -- including donations, logistics planning, and volunteering.

Supporting a cause that has at its focus the improvement of the world is something to be applauded. Our contributions might not be great, but it all starts with that moment we say, "you know what? This isn't right." The direction that we take this initial concern might not crystallize immediately, the places it might take us might not be immediately obvious, but it all starts when someone stops and realizes that the way things are could be better. 

That's why these posts and discussions matter. That's why people who seek to derail conversations about change by pointing out that there are "bigger problems" out there aren't just unhelpful, but serious barriers to effecting any change at all -- even change regarding the issues that they actually care about. 
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