How is Puerto Rico Coping?

d78eb68608e00b8a61e76c59ad69359c

Since I really haven’t seen any news lately about what’s been going on in Puerto Rico, I thought that I would look into it myself and share what I’ve found out with you.  As you may know, there was a contract made with a small company called Whitefish to get the electricity in Puerto Rico restored, but since some of the contract has come to light (and it seems fishy – no pun intended) as all get-out, this contract has been cancelled and this will take effect soon.  Apparently 70% of the island is still without power.  Elon Musk (Tesla) is working with restoring the electricity to area hospitals.  He is setting up solar power for this task and has restored power to a children’s hospital.

street 2

So, how has FEMA and other organizations been doing with their work?  I’m sure that some of us have heard that FEMA has refused to bring supplies such as food, water and other necessities to the people of Puerto Rico, instead insisting that it is up to the mayors of the towns to come and get these supplies.  How the people are to accomplish that when there is no fuel, is beyond the people of the towns.  I do hope that you all understand that Puerto Rico is an American Territory and the people there are United States citizens, therefore they are entitled to all the help that FEMA provides, just like any state.

GettyImages_853157646.0

I’ve provided links to more thoroughly reported stories.  Should you wish to give money for relief, please do not send money to the “big” charities, instead ask your Puerto Rican neighbor or friend.  My local Credit Union is collecting money and giving it to local Puerto Rican charities so that it goes directly to the people who need it.  What are your thoughts on this humanitarian crisis?  Let me know in the comments below.

AR-171009769.jpg&Maxw=960&q=75

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/puerto-rico-gov-seeks-to-cancel-300m-whitefish-contract/2017/10/29/5ff18c06-bcbc-11e7-9294-705f80164f6e_story.html?utm_term=.a801d702d290

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/10/19/16431312/elon-musk-richard-branson-clean-energy-puerto-rico-solar-batteries-microgrid

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/9/26/16365994/hurricane-maria-2017-puerto-rico-san-juan-humanitarian-disaster-electricty-fuel-flights-facts

https://earthjustice.org/blog/2017-september/people-are-getting-desperate-in-puerto-rico-as-federal-response-not-equal-to-the-crisis?gclid=CjwKCAjw7frPBRBVEiwAuDf_LV2tbiJNtOSJQ-YuOFGQSRvwmLUxEvcwyPCpFTYmm08OO8cklBb7mxoCeCIQAvD_BwE

 

Advertisements

Voting Day is Tuesday, November 7th

Voting-Quote-7

This year’s vote isn’t as exciting as last year, however, it is important that you get out and vote.  Who gets elected in your state will have a direct impact on your life.  Get out and vote!

is your vote valuable

 

 

Just Plain Despair

7d71efbdf514b45f4c3e61334aa7cc79--homeless-quotes-homeless-people

Life is hard, it has its ups and downs, and often the downs can be longer than any of its ups.  I really dislike when people set out, in a deliberate manner, to make other people’s lives harder than they have to be.  Seriously, don’t we all have so much to deal with already?

dailytakedownsep22

Sorry for the “f”-word, I couldn’t find an image without it.

I truly do not, and probably never will, understand why other people want to make the sick, die simply because they are poor, or even middle class.  Seriously, if we take the ability to buy health insurance away from people, they will die.  The medical profession isn’t going to magically be able to help all the sick people.  And, remember, this includes all people both the very young and the very old.  Everyone who is not wealthy enough to afford the out-of-control price of insurance.

2a4fd799d1de1f3d18b4b2ea76c11cee

What kind of a society are we that this is acceptable behavior?  No concern for the sick, the poor, or anyone who isn’t rich?  Because we will not survive.  We either rise together, or we all fall.

65f78c1e25a65015ec2448d18286ea6e

 

 

Hate has no Place

333ed0e97fce02f8977c2abfa24ad6b0--wise-words-strong-words

The recent events in this country have shown how divided we are as a community.  There is no place for hatred here.  On one side there is hatred, and on the other there is love for all.  There is no choice since love is the only choice.

hate-green

Nelson-Mandela-Hate-and-Love-Quotes

Let’s stop this by showing our love, building up our inclusive society and pushing back against hate.  We are one.

Compassion is a Verb

54d8828ccae95acb9e687e7c1fc675f5

Compassion is important to me.  It should be important to all of us.  Compassion is what religion is supposed to be about.  “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”  Is one of the most quoted statements from the Bible.  Somehow, we have lost whatever compassion we had as a country.  The reason I’m saying this is specifically related to the new TrumpCare Bill that is in Congress.  This bill will take insurance away from the very people who need it.  Anyone who is older, or has pre-existing conditions will lose their health care.  Well, if they don’t want to eat, or have a place to live, they might be able to pay their premiums.  Otherwise, those premiums will be too big to pay.

fd42efdd3c49e90309845c0f18063706--dali-lama-quotes-quotes-about-compassion

Where is the compassion?  I look around me and I don’t see any.  Disabled people are blithely told to “just get a job”.  When was the last time you saw a blind or deaf person in your office?  How about the elderly?  Have you seen many 95-year-old delivery people, or an 85-year-old working at Walmart?  No, neither have I.  Even though this bill has “died”, they are still looking to simply get rid of the ACA, leaving millions of people without healthcare.

Every-thought-you-produce-anything-you-say-any-action-you-do-it-bears-your-signature.

It’s called compassion.  Find some, use some.  Be the person you were meant to be.  Compassion.  One day you will need it.  When you do, will it  be there?

What is Wage Theft, and Are You a Victim?

wage-theft

Wage theft commonly refers to workers illegally not being paid their full wages.  Usually this refers to low-wage workers who are denied full pay for a variety of reasons.  Some of these include:  refusing to pay the legal minimum per hour wage, not paying for all hours worked and/or not paying over-time pay.  This is a wide-spread problem, and costs the workers in the U.S. approximately $8 billion per year.  Obviously, this is another social issue that effects the poor more than others, since earning a minimum wage is not really a sustainable wage.  To steal from people like this is particularly nasty.

dsc_0597

However, there is another kind of wage theft that also happens.  Frequently people are told that their health insurance costs a certain amount and that amount is withheld from their paychecks by their employer to pay their portion of the health insurance costs, only to find out later that what was being withdrawn was a higher amount than the insurance actually cost.  This is particularly hard to prove, since (at least in my state) the insurance company will decline to tell you how much your employer-offered health insurance actually costs.

Another type of wage theft is when a “salaried” employee routinely works many hours of overtime, but is not paid because they are considered “salaried”.  The usual answer for not paying salaried workers is that they will be “given” the same number of hours as extra time off.  However, trying to receive any of that promised time off is difficult, to say the least.

b69b697d7dae77f87303fae6c3728c90

This whole concept is particularly evil, since you have a right to be paid for the work that you do, and you should have the right to find out exactly how much your own health insurance costs.  Has any of this happened to you or to anyone you know?  If so, let me know in the comments below.  I’ve included some links below that give you more information regarding this issue.

http://www.epi.org/publication/employers-steal-billions-from-workers-paychecks-each-year-survey-data-show-millions-of-workers-are-paid-less-than-the-minimum-wage-at-significant-cost-to-taxpayers-and-state-economies/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=f46b5aacc2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-f46b5aacc2-58297025&mc_cid=f46b5aacc2&mc_eid=d8e2a8427b

http://www.nclnet.org/wage_theft_six_common_methods

 

What is a Pre-existing Condition?

sickness1

There has been a lot of talk about pre-existing conditions, what they are and if people who have them can be denied health insurance, or be made to pay more for health insurance.  A pre-existing condition is anything medical that happened before a person’s health care policy went into effect.   In the bad old days, before the ACA, health insurance companies could refuse to sell policies to people who were sick, or who had been sick.  There were companies who did sell policies to these people, however the cost was much too high for the average person to pay.  With the ACA, these people were able to buy policies for about the same price that the average “healthy” person could.  With the advent of TrumpCare, these pre-existing conditions don’t need to be covered by insurance companies.  Here is a list of some of these conditions that no longer will be covered.

C_M3vH6W0AAEQmX

 

As you can see, a lot of people have these conditions.  For example, I was born of with a heart murmur and I have had asthma in the past.  Heart murmurs, as I understand it, can be a crap-shoot.  It’s a 50/50 chance of needing a medical intervention.  I never even knew I had one until I was pregnant, then I was told that I’d had it all my life – go figure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMNOvVX8e4I

What do you think about these pre-existing conditions?  Are you in danger of losing your health care?  If you do lose it what will you do about it?  Let me know in the comments below.