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Of All The Nerve:   Wheelchairs, Sciatica, And Equality

Of All The Nerve: Wheelchairs, Sciatica, And Equality

"Life" Issues, activism, autonomy, awareness, Challenge, Change, Christianity, Church, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, culture, disability, empathy, entering into suffering, Equality, Ethics, Freedom, Gratitude, Healing, health insurance, Healthcare, mindfulness, movement, progressive politics, solidarity, Suffering, The long and difficult road
I had never thought much about physical disabilities until the autumn of 2012, when an  airplane flight from Hell from Wichita, KS, to Denver – long horror story ... please don't ask! -- squeezed me into a last-row seat of a tiny Embraer jet aircraft for four hours, resulting in a severely compressed sciatic nerve that basically crippled me for several months. At first, the pain was so intense that I thought I would die, then later on, the pain was so intense I was afraid I would not. (My wife and I slept in our first-floor guest suite for some period of time.) Gradually, thanks mainly to the intervention of an excellent chiropractor, I incrementally, over a period of about four months, recovered to the point that, instead of walking half the length of my driveway, I can now walk perh
Kentucky Fried Chicken Little

Kentucky Fried Chicken Little

"Life" Issues, activism, body, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, constitution, critical judgment, culture, Essay, health insurance, Healthcare, Ideology, Obamacare, progressive politics, Rationality, Secularity, social justice, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Trumpcare
Now that -- thanks partly to Republican intransigence about "repeal and replace" -- ACA / Obamacare (which, remember, are the same thing) is in the news again, and, especially when confronted with the Republican alternatives, people have gotten to know and to fall in love with Obamacare all over again, I thought it might be useful to post this column from a couple of years ago about the "mechanics" of Obamacare. Had the Republican repeal effort succeeded, I believe we would have had one more instance of Joni Mitchell's perennial question:  "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?" In case you think the story of Chicken Little’s cry “The sky is falling!” is something from a fable, you should know that a cognate form of this fable has been acted out i
Obamacare Replacement And “The Second Kick Of The Mule”

Obamacare Replacement And “The Second Kick Of The Mule”

Abrahamic Traditions, ACA / Obamacare, activism, Astronomy, autonomy, awareness, Big Bang, Biology, Challenge, Change, Christianity, citizenship, civics, conservatism, Cosmology, Creation, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Discernment, Evangelicalism, Evidence, Fundamentalism, God, health insurance, Healthcare, humor, Ideology, Myth, Mythology, Nature, Obamacare, Politics, Rationality, Religion, Satire / parody, Science, Scripture, Secularity, Trump, Trumpcare, Uncategorized
Most of the time, when Republicans tackle issues in education, it's like a pig farmer getting involved in catering a bar mitzvah dinner or Maker's Mark providing beverages for the celebration of the end of Ramadan, i.e., disasters-in-progress in mortal competition to find the optimal place to actually occur. But Republicans -- we may be certain through sheer accident -- did an absolutely stellar job inadvertently educating the American public about ACA / Obamacare (hereafter O’care). (Remember: the Affordable Care Act [ACA] and O’care are the same thing.) In fact, Republicans did such a good job educating Americans about health care / insurance in general, and about O’care in particular, that, with a bit of luck, we may be able to leverage the paradigm implicit in the Republicans’ drun