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anonymous asked:

What part of the US constitution allows Bernie Sander's programs? Why should we have a single payer system when the VA is a single payer system and lets down our veterans?

This is the age-old argument about the limits of the Constitution.Does the Constitution grant power to government or grant rights to people? 

In this case, I would argue that it does not matter, In the preamble of the constitution it reads:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (x)

We establish this Constitution to promote the general Welfare, it is explicit in the text. People may argue what general Welfare means. to better understand the framing of those words at the time, let’s look at Dictionary of the English language by Samuel Johnson (1768). To place some context of timing, The constitution was written in 1787 and would be ratified by 1788 and would be put into effect by 1789, making this the dictionary closest in time-period to the Constitution.

General: the whole, in totality

Welfare: happiness, prosperity

At the time the Constitution was written, those words would have been perceived to mean to promote happiness and prosperity of the whole of the People of the United States of America. 

Do those two things not promote the prosperity of the whole, if they are given to all equally?

On the VA, Republicans have consistently cut funding to Veterans programs, including the VA.

So it seems disingenuous to call into question why the VA is failing while there is a history of lack of support. It is also interesting how you do not bring up the largest single payer healthcare system in the US, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS).

This is likely because it is difficult to find a compelling argument for your side here:

It seems to me that a single payer system is still superior, especially since the Kaiser Family foundation concluded:
  • In most local markets, providers have monopoly power. Consequently, private insurers lack the bargaining power to contain prices.
  • In most areas, two or three dominant insurers dominate the regional market, limit competition and make it extremely difficult if not impossible for new insurers to enter the marketplace and stimulate price competition.
  • Medicare Advantage, which enrolls seniors in private health plans, has failed to deliver care more efficiently than traditional fee-for-service Medicare. Both the CBO and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the commission which advises congress on Medicare’s finances, have calculated that Medicare Advantage plans covering the same care as traditional Medicare cost 12 percent more
  • Karen Ignagni, who heads America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the insurance industry’s trade association, has admitted that private plans cannot bargain down provider costs and has asked Washington to intervene.

Even private insurers are looking for the government to step in and help them on their pricing, why not just cut the profit centers out of the deal and save that money?

- @theliberaltony


Today is the first anniversary of gay marriage equality in the United States. 

I dedicate this photo set to my favorite interracial family. The events of Orlando affected me deeply… in the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, “you have no control, who lives, who dies, who tells your story.”

In the face of tragedy, we mourn, but we remain strong. For all the people who wanted to, but had their lives cut short. For all the people who have served our country, but until last year, couldn’t marry their spouses.

Love will always triumph. We’ve done so for fifty years. We’ll keep doing so. 

Headcanons under cut:

  • hana was born on june 26
  • jack and gabo’s marriage was officiated the day the supreme court ruling came out, but they did end up having a “real” wedding later that summer
  • jack, gabo, and hana flew in from LA on june 26, 2015 to be there when the decision happened. no matter what it ended up as. 
    • thankfully it was 5-4 and the three went to nyc’s pride parade afterwards 
    • and they ate at east village’s Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (pls look it up, it’s real and it’s delicious)
  • hana never minded that she was part of a “modern family:” in fact, she didn’t realize it was “different” until around middle school, when kids started getting into ~dating~ and other shit
  • hana is relatively benign when it comes to dealing with ignorant people; however she’ll legitimately fight you (verbally or physically) if you rile her up

Virginia could pass a law that allows doctors, teachers, and all businesses to deny service to gay, lesbian, and bi people under the guise of “religious freedom”. In the face of progress for marriage equality, this is how anti-gay groups are fighting back.

If we can convince members of the voting committee to vote ‘no’, it will never see the light of day. We need a giant public outcry right now to show the committee that citizens in Virginia and around the country are paying attention. 

Can you add your name to this petition?

(Thank you to Silver for the illustration!)

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve already posted twice about the Virginia shooter. Yes, I am aware that was a black on white crime, and that I’m a white, privileged person posting about it.

I’m not posting about it for that reason.

Two people died. TWO PEOPLE DIED ON TELEVISION. This is only a drop in the bucket of racial crimes in the past year. Most of these crimes have been against African Americans.

Racism is common.

None of these crimes had to happen. None of these lives needed to be lost. None of these people deserved to die.

Racism is unnecessary.

Racism is real. Racism IS real. And it’s terrifying. Would #blacklivesmatter exist if it didn’t? Racism is real, and it is concentrated on people of color.

Racism is ugly.

Racism is assuming that every black child has one lousy parent and a welfare check coming in every month. Racism is assuming that every white child has two parents and a healthy, perfect home life. Racism is assuming that every Asian child is an academically brilliant Chinese anime efficienado. Racism is assuming that every brown person is either a terrorist or an illegal immigrant.

Racism is ignorant.

Black lives matter. Caucasian lives matter. Asian lives matter. Life is previous, and every life is of equal worth.