Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.
My amazing mom, protesting the Georgia republicans’ refusal to take federal healthcare funds. Blocking a hallway gets you arrested; keeping thousands from seeing doctors gets you reelected.
But one day no one’s gonna want to hear their hate anymore. One day, everyone they try to tell “personal responsibility” to is gonna be too busy with two jobs and two kids and two hospital bills to hear just what else they’re supposed to be responsible for. Everyone they tell “no handouts” to is gonna laugh ‘cause they’ve never had one free hand to take with. Everyone they talk about “welfare reform” to is gonna laugh and say “What’s welfare?”
One day they’re gonna say “the Free Market” and we’re all gonna say “Yeah, I bag groceries there, and wait tables there, and mop floors there. But it ain’t free: I can’t even afford one sandwich there!”
One day no one will listen anymore, and that’s when we have to fix our broken, rotten South. One day it won’t just be my mom and 38 other heroes. It won’t just be these hundreds of supporters spending their precious few free hours at the Capitol.
That’s why my mom’s smiling: because she isn’t looking at the Governor’s office, and she isn’t looking at the statehouse. She’s looking at the people. And she knows change is coming.
"One day" is us. I hope I can be as awesome as my mom.
LOVE you, LOVE your mom!
Keep smiling because change IS indeed coming!
After listening to me sing the praises of my own personal meditation practice, the owner of MY company just offered all staff members weekly meditation instruction and is creating time in our schedule for group meditation.
Not ALL Oklahoma businesses are insanely out of touch.
Also, pinch me.
“It’s frankly a rather radical idea — the idea that someone can say that if your visit to your doctor is going to receive payment from your insurance company, then your doctor can’t talk to you about certain subjects,” Adam Sonfield, a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute, explained in an interview with ThinkProgress. “Counseling and education about contraception has been a basic part of a medical visit forever, even before the methods themselves were covered. Before we had prescription drug coverage, we certainly had coverage for the visit to your doctor, and there were never any limitations about what you could talk to your doctor about.”
“It’s an incredible devaluing of the insurance that you as an employee work for,” Sonfield, who recently published a policy review of the central arguments in the upcoming Supreme Court challenges, pointed out. “This is telling you that you can’t use your compensation — your own benefits that you have earned — in a way that your boss objects to. And that is a frightening road for us to be going down, as a society.”
Ultimately, insurance coverage for preventative care, like contraceptive services and regular doctor’s visits, is a benefit that employees earn through the hours that they put in to their jobs. Making employees pay for the full cost of their birth control and their doctor’s visits ends up shifting more insurance costs onto them. It’s somewhat analogous to a salary cut.
And birth control isn’t the only type of medical care that some Americans object to on religious grounds. There are some groups who are opposed to modern health services like vaccinations, blood transfusions, or mental health care. If these upcoming legal challenges are successful, that could open the door for employers to restrict their workers’ coverage for doctors’ visits that include discussion of those topics, too. It’s a slippery slope.
—Baba Hari Dass
Sister Rosetta Tharpe — reconstructionist, gospel music’s first superstar, the godmother of rock and roll, “the original soul sister,” Literary Jukebox hero — was born on this day in 1915. No better way to celebrate her spirit and legacy than with her legendary, electrifying 1964 live performance of “Didn’t It Rain” at the Manchester train station, complete with her iconic white coat and electric guitar.