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.
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.
The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks such things as hate crimes, terrorism, and white supremacists. They are a well-respected organization and committed to dealing with facts. As most of us know, there are a lot of white supremacist organizations throughout the U.S. What a lot of people don’t know, is that there is a lot of talk within these organizations about military operations against various groups of U.S. citizens. All a person has to do is look at some recent events to see that this is true.
However, the specific issue at hand is the formation of a new group, by Kyle Chapman (I am leaving a link below where you can see who and what Kyle Chapman is) which will be a “highly masculine” group called the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (otherwise known as FOAK’s) which is going to be formed for the express purpose to “bring the fight to the streets”. Recently we have seen an uptick in the violence that protestors are being met with, not only from the police, but also from these groups of the extreme right-wing.
I am not going to regurgitate the links that I’ve provided. Instead I am encouraging you to read them, and educate yourself. With the fear of being seen as a lunatic conspiracy theorist, my thoughts are leading to this: What if, with all the new violence, the President declares Military Rule, Democracy is suspended and we have a dictator? I know, it sounds insane, however, don’t these various groups vowing to “fight” against protestors (and others) sound a lot like the Nazi Brown Shirts? Let me know what you think.
Okay, so I’ve simply got to say something about the plan for healthcare under the TrumpCare proposal. I realize that “they” don’t want us calling it TrumpCare, however, if “they” were allowed to call the Affordable Care Act ObamaCare, then I really don’t see why this proposal can’t be called TrumpCare.
Actually, the plan is to throw as many people off health insurance as possible. Does that sound extreme? Then tell me why, as a fifty-something year-old, under this plan, my insurance would go up 5 times what I’m paying now. Yes, not 5%, but 5 times the cost. Are they insane? My health insurance per month would cost roughly what our monthly income is. That would leave us with no money for food or shelter. Oh, and by the way, Jason Chaffetz, I don’t have an expensive phone, instead I probably use one of the oldest flip phones still in use, and have no internet connection on it. My husband though, has an expensive one that is for work, and therefore is paid for by his place of employment.
The only way to fight injustice in the world is make sure that we fight for all who are in need of it. That means that we need to stand up not only for ourselves and our own concerns, but we must stand up for all the others who are marginalized. We must stand and resist together. It’s the only way change will occur.
When I was initially talking to my husband about International Women’s Day he wondered why women needed one. At first I was taken aback. Seriously? Then I realized that he looks at the world in only one way – as a man. So, I thought that I’d make a list of why there needs to be an International Women’s Day.
Equality – women in general are paid less, however that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Maternity leave is not a paid for; as well as a higher cost of health insurance for being a woman. Clothing marketed exclusively for woman is sold at a higher cost.
Poverty – women and children are the largest group worldwide to live in poverty. At any given time 795 million people go to bed hungry. This number is on the rise due to war and the number of refugees. More women and children live in poverty than any other group.
Restriction of Rights – women’s rights around the world are restricted in various ways. Some include how they are “allowed” to dress; whether they can attend school, drive or even leave their houses by themselves; in some areas women are restricted from voting and owning property. A woman’s right to many forms of health care has been restricted. In many countries the kinds of work that a woman can legally perform is restricted by law.
Violence – girls as young as 12 are routinely married in many countries; rape and domestic violence against girls and women is rising worldwide. Sex trafficking has become rampant world-wide.
These are just a few of the reasons that there is an International Women’s Day.
I know that it’s the Lenten season for those of you who are practicing Christians. Oftentimes people choose to give something up for the forty days of Lent. I used to do that myself. When I was a child I usually gave up chocolate. This was not a big deal, since at my house there was never any chocolate allowed, with the exception of chocolate chip cookies and brownies. Since I was the designated baker of the family (one of my Saturday chores was to bake cookies for the upcoming week), I simply made snickerdoodles or oatmeal cookies for those few weeks.
When I got older, instead of giving up things, I would make sure I visited one of my grandparents every week during Lent. Not only had I done something the made them happy, but I was also the only family member to hear the stories about Speakeasies, Jazz and illegal drinking in NYC during Prohibition. Looking back, I realize that was a much better way of observing the spirit of Lent.
Now that I’m an adult, I try to be more spiritual. I don’t think that we should limit our spiritual lives to seasons, although it’s more difficult to reflect on the state of the world in a consistent manner . In my own life I’ve found that if I try my best to follow the “golden rule” I can look at myself in the mirror.
Are you giving up, or giving this Lenten season? Let me know your plans, and we can share suggestions to celebrate the spirit of Lent.