Please Shut Up About the #ACA If You Don't Know Jack Shit About It, Kthkbai.
I love the argument portrayed here. What I really love is that it's wrong. Other people already did
pay for your health care -- with higher premiums and higher doctor costs. People who went to the ER and didn't pay or have insurance, we paid. People always sick or dying because of lack of care? We paid in lack of taxes they would have contributed while off work or, you know, dead.
To whit: I have a friend whose friend went to the doctor for a backache. "You have stage four prostate cancer and will be dead within two months," he was told. If he would have had a finger up his ass years ago
he'd be alive now and making money, paying into the system, and consuming goods. Now the rest of us have to take up the slack. Now
multiply that times the millions of sick and/or dying people in this country because they can't get even basic preventive care.
Anyone against the #ACA
is on dangerous ground with me. Most people don't know shit about it, to be honest, and spout crap that #FoxNews
and the insurance companies said about the law. It's not the law Obama wanted, it is the law that made it through Congress.
If you don't like the end result, fire your Congressmen.
Obama had to give up
on single-payer to get any
The ACA reigns in abuses of insurance companies severely. Some insurance companies now are refusing to get into certain markets because they won't make enough money. They have to spend 80 percent of the money you or the gov't pays them on your care or they have to send you a check at the end of the year.
Did you know that? About the only major medical system for the ACA was #KaiserPermanente
. Everyone else went FUD like crazy and creeps ate it up and spewed it like crazy. And that's the bullshit I hear out of most people's mouths today, regardless of party.
Did you know, for example, that as long as you never have a refund due from the IRS you never have to pay the penalty everyone is sniveling about? It's not
a tax and the law everyone bitches about mandates that it can't be treated as one by the IRS, so they can't lien on you for not paying it or anything. They used the IRS simply because the system is already there and setting up a new system would be redundant. Never have a refund due and you'll never have
to pay the penalty. You'd be a fucking dick,
but you can do it.
A major part of the ACA is something that the Supreme Court neutered, sadly, and that is the forcing states to expand Medicaid. So, in California, for example, men and non-pregnant women can now get Medicaid (MediCal here). No longer is having a penis reason to deny me
health care! Only a small percentage of states did expand Medicaid, and the rest sued or ignored it -- like neo-fascist #Indiana
, where their red-faced creep of Tea Party pig governor is still lying to his constituents about the ACA.
You could try to blame Obama for the fact that no one knows much about the law, but I really don't. I blame the FUD they were up against that everybody talked about while ignoring their president and even their petty Congressmen who actually passed the damned law (thank God the idiot didn't have both houses) while listening to everything everyone on TV
said about it. Just so you know, I cheered
when it passed, watching the vote like a sporting event -- except, unlike a #Raiders
game, this even mattered.
I should put a big, tacky, expensive (and stupid) balloon couch on my lawn, and have flags flying on my car, that all proclaim "Socialism > #WINNING
" and see how the sports fans react.
Health care was 16 percent of the USA GDP in the run-up to Obamacare; it's 12 percent elsewhere in countries that have a single-payer system. Something
had to be done as the people who did
have insurance started dwindling as prices soared, insurance companies covered less and less, charged more and more. Since Bill Clinton
Dems have been trying to do something about health care costs spiraling upward faster than rockets launch into space and Obama finally pulled it off
after the slime #GOP
ignored it for eight years while in power and let the problem get worse.
Believe it or not, the law actually kind of kicks ass for what it is, excepting its not being a single-payer system. And like any law, it's not at its best coming out of a politically charged Congress, and will have to be fixed -- just like the ACA fixes that stupid "donut hole" the GOP put into Medicare Part D -- that law was called "No Lobbyist Left Behind." The #Constitution
itself has been amended by laws twenty plus times. Laws start off sucky because politics suck because of self-involved and sometimes flat-out evil politicians; you have to fix them later.
And to those who crow that we have the best health care in the world? $50 for a Band-Aid? Fuck off.
If you prefer what we had, you probably have your own insurance from work, are able to pay for your own, are young and don't give a fuck if you ever get sick, have no kids, are a "staunch" Republican that really doesn't know what the fuck the leadership is doing, or are a greedy employer that doesn't want to cough up that extra dime. Yes, greedy. #Starbucks
coughs up that extra dime for insurance, has done for years, and is doing fine.
And to that end, fuck +Papa John's Pizza
And before you start slinging Dem insults at me, I claim no party as a Baha'i, I'm not supposed to. We vote independently because parties divide people and Baha'is are about unity. I probably side with Dems more because they at least pretend to try and advance social programs to take care of people, but even Dems are liars. I once voted in Indiana for a Repub governor and Dems for everything else because I liked the Repub guy better, and until he became a Tea Party moron, he was pretty decent. The first thing he tried to do -- and failed, of course -- was to put a 1 percent tax on the richest Hoosiers. Can't have that in "Bend Over For Companies To Come In To Our State So They Can Screw Our Citizens and Make a Few of Us Rich" Indiana!
Having been raised Baha'i, I must know: why are you non-Baha'i people surprised when someone gets into power and does the opposite of what they promised? I have a friend that "hates" Obama so much she's not going to get health care via Obamacare even though she desperately needs it, and of course she loved him at first and is now disillusioned... Politics are stupid. Getting wrapped up in it to the point you'll let your health go because you're mad
at a president who will be gone in two years is, I feel ... how to say nicely? ... naive? Cutting off your nose to spite your face is all you're doing. Obama isn't going to notice if you die. He might
notice if you continue living
, get health care, get better, and become and advocate and help enact change.
Bear in mind that I'm not even allowed to be a politician because the entire system is based on promising multiple people conflicting things for money to get into power, and Baha'is are known for upright character, honesty, and trustworthiness, and even our enemies (Muslims, mostly, especially in the Middle East and Iran in particular, where the Faith was born) admit this about us.
US politics (or any in the world, for that matter) are broken and unfixable. The Baha'i system is much better: silent elections yearly for local assemblies, every adult Baha'i in good standing is on the ballot for the locality. Vote for nine names and the nine people with the most votes become the assembly. No campaigning, no nominating, no money. The same goes for regional institutions, the same for national assemblies, and every five years the nine-member #UniversalHouseofJustice
that oversees the Faith is elected in similar fashion. The cream rises to the top in this fashion, not the people who want power and money. Those people get voted out as soon as we become aware of them in our system. For example, the LA assembly was some years back dissolved
by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the US (I have no idea why LA was dissolved and have to be fine with that), and our system works flawlessly. Not because of the people, but because the system is people-proof. Every other system, especially political ones, pale to Baha'u'llah's model.
And the #UHoJ
doesn't have "dissenting opinions" like the also-nine-member Supreme Court -- the House has always been unanimous. Their written guidance is incredibly beautiful to read, and challenging as well because they use words that even sometimes I don't know; the amount of information in each paragraph can be at time almost overwhelming to read, but the guidance always makes sense to me and reading it challenges my spirit and my all-too-human beliefs that aren't always right. For example, racism is "understandable" because we're different and people fear different "blah blah blah," -- but knowing you should strive to get past skin color and those different from you helps you do so. Baha'u'llah said (paraphasing) that a thought of hate should be followed up with a greater thought of love -- that is wonderful to me, because it takes into account man's natural tendencies at the same time that it helps us understand why and how to get past them. I used to tell racist jokes all the time as a kid -- until I accidentally told a racist black joke to a black friend of mine without thinking... No more, at least not often, and then only to people who know I don't believe what I'm saying.
Baha'u'llah said (paraphrasing) that this country is an amazing creation and He was pretty tame in His tablet to the president at the time (1860s) compared to those He wrote to Napoleon or the head of the Ottoman Empire, but as He also mentioned, this country is off the rails with materialism -- and again, He said this in the 1860s and it's even more true almost a century and a half later. Our worship of celebrities, glamour, sex, drugs, and Rock 'n Roll, without a spiritual base of any real kind makes us neurotic, confused, and mentally, physically, and spiritually ill. And, to bring this back to politics, the lack of spirituality is evident with just about every Congressmen and the #1percent
that own them.
Rich folks who, under Reagan, oversaw their Congressional groupies drop the amount rich folks paid in taxes from like 70 percent to the same as you and me -- and somehow feel they can defend this notion?! The concept of "trickle-down economics," and the creator of the concept evidently admits this, essentially just the rich pissing on your head
. It doesn't trickle down, they keep it, as Pope Francis has also mentioned. Speaking of him, Pope Francis is now championing the poor -- and of course Tea Party folks like #SarahPalin
are now saying he's "too liberal" and effectively distancing themselves from Christ's teachings while purporting to work in Christ's name.
Worse, most people spouting the crap they're told to spout by these self-involved assholes don't even know the platform they're arguing to any real extent, much less the opposite argument, or have any clue about how politics, laws, or the ACA work. What's the fourth branch of government, hmm?
In the end, not enough rich folks like Warren Buffet care about you or me or we collectively wouldn't be suffering like we are, and rich people own our politicians and our media. As a Baha'i I was taught "None too rich, none too poor..." and to be an "admonisher to the rich," and I have no problem doing so. That is my goal, although I obviously fail a lot being an American myself.
Call me a #Socialist
-- I don't care. That's a party and I wouldn't be part of it anyway, but -- wasn't "Social" Security "socialism?" Oh right, the loves to borrow from that and then try to gut it. Countries that are socialist have much less problems than we do with violence and the lower, impoverished classes being so miserable, downtrodden, homeless, rotting in commercially profitable jails, and distracted by bullshit sports franchises (okay other countries do that, too), cheap malt liquor to keep the masses drunk and happy, and all the other crap (TV, etc.) people in this country are so obsessed with. And these people often claim quite loudly to be "good Christians!" Really?Wake up!
president you have, but do
challenge him and, more importantly, challenge the slime
we vote into #Congress
. Vote for the best person,
not a stupid word.
If a partisan ideology was concrete at any point in regards to how I believe, it would change the next second, and be ill-reflected in most people claiming that party. People who claim to have certain values just don't half the time, and show other ill values when in power (see Nixon, Reagan, Cheney). Frankly, putting ancient morons like Ted Kennedy or Strom Thurman eternally in Congress just because they happen to use the same word as you (Repub or Dem) on an application is blind love, which is as bad as blind hate. I mean, really?
Both of these idiots were in Congress probably through Azheimer's, were probably for a long time incapable of making informed choices -- and were somehow blindly re-elected while teetering on the edge of the grave by voters obsessed with a word
and an ideology that really doesn't exist. Sound stupid? It is.
It's rich old white people that are ruining this country -- stop
defending them; most of them laugh at your day-to-day struggles, bark constantly that "no nigger's gonna get a free drink of water" (true story, a friend of mine heard this while fundraising in Long Island) and would gladly drop McDonald's apps on your head.
Let's take our country back from its real religion: money -- that involves no longer being a slave to man-made ideologies that don't mean Jack Shit in the end.
[Resharing image posted originally by +Melanie Watson
so people can share my rant with the image.]