The Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling just saved 6 million people

In a 6-3 decision, the court sided with the Obama administration on the controversial lawsuit King v. Burwell. Had it gone the other way, health insurance premiums would have skyrocketed in states with federal exchanges. Without the tax credits in these states, the premium increase would’ve averaged 287% across the country, but in some states it would have multiplied many times more than that. The deep irony of all this is how many of those states are Republican-led.

“Sick days are for when you’re sick, not for when you’re just not feeling well.”

–my manager a couple years ago, after I called out “sick” for the 3rd day in a row by saying I “wasn’t feeling great” because I didn’t want to (and shouldn’t need to) say, “I’m kind of having a mental health crisis and can’t be around anyone at all right now LOL”.

when I went back to work, I had a note from my health provider supporting/ justifying/ excusing my absence, though. and then I contacted HR and my Union rep and was like “um can they really say this to me?”. and then I applied for FMLA leave & got approved, so.


Why do blacks have less access to health care than whites in Brazil?

Was medical negligence the cause of the death of a 15-year old black girl?

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s no secret. The tentacles of racism reach so many areas of society that one would be completely out of touch with reality if they didn’t think it didn’t extend into the medical industry as well. As we have seen in previous posts, medical racism can be both subtle, as in a doctor not wanting to touch a black patient, or blatant, as when a doctor doesn’t provide a black woman with the proper anesthesia because of a long-running stereotype that they are more resistant to pain. The consequences are often fatal as we’ve seen with a number of deaths of black women due to complications or outright negligence during childbirth.

As we will see in the numbers below, the white population consistently carries an advantage in terms of access/treatment to/of health care ad also, as has been proven for many years, the preto and pardo (black and brown) populations are much more similar to each other than they are to the white population. In fact, in many of the stats, the pardo population is actually worse off than the preto, again debunking another myth that lighter-skinned blacks are necessarily better off than their darker skinned brethren. And also in reference to the statistics, as this is Brazil, I tend to send see things in regards to race as being even worse than they are presented as often times blacks can be classified as browns and browns as whites. I would also apply this logic to statistics regarding the murder of blacks/browns and whites. Whatever the case, below we see yet another report on how race can also be a factor in the doctor’s office.

Why do blacks have less access to health care than whites in Brazil?