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
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
This week I haven't had to look too far for inspiration. When the world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket flying down a steep hill, as we see with each new revolting political development, the tough get going, as the old saying says.
We don't fight with weapons. We fight with our hearts and souls. This is what creative resistance means to me. The website Alternet says that we need art in our activism because it reaches people at deeper emotional levels.
The hashtag #iamapreexistingcondition has been all over the internet since this past week's House vote on Trumpcare (aka American Health Care Act). My favorite of the images I've seen backing this hashtag was created by my colleague on this blog, Terri Stewart. Terri created this image to be shared freely by all who will.