Shame on every one of the 217 Republicans who last Thursday voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and substitute basically nothing.
Trumpcare isn’t a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a transfer from the sick and poor to the rich and healthy.
The losers are some 24 million Americans who under the Affordable Care Act get subsidies to afford health insurance coverage, including millions of people with pre-existing conditions and poor people who had access to Medicaid, who may not be able to afford insurance in the future.
The winners are wealthy Americans who will now get a tax cut because they won’t have to pay to fund the Affordable Care Act, and healthy people who won’t have to buy health insurance to subsidize the sick.
House Republicans say they have protected people with pre-existing health problems. Baloney. Sick people could be charged premiums so high as to make insurance unaffordable.
America has the only healthcare system in the world designed to avoid sick people. Private for-profit health insurers do whatever they can to insure groups of healthy people because that’s where the profits are. They also make every effort to avoid sick people, because that’s where the costs are.
The Affordable Care Act puts healthy and sick people into the same insurance pool. But under the Republican bill that passed the House, healthy people will no longer be subsidizing sick people. Healthy people will be in their own insurance pool. Sick people will be grouped with other sick people in their own high-risk pool – which will result in such high premiums, co-payments, and deductibles that many if not most won’t be able to afford.
Republicans say their bill creates a pool of money that will pay insurance companies to cover the higher costs of insuring sick people. Wrong. Insurers will take the money and still charge sick people much higher premiums. Or avoid sick people altogether.
The only better alternative to the Affordable Care Act is a single-payer system, such as Medicare for all, which would put all Americans into the same giant insurance pool. Not only would this be fairer, but it would also be far more efficient, because money wouldn’t be spent marketing and advertising to attract healthy people and avoid sick people.
Paul Ryan says the House vote was about fulfilling a promise the GOP made to American voters. But those voters have been lied to from the start about the Affordable Care Act. For years Republicans told them that the Act couldn’t work, would bankrupt America, and result in millions losing the healthcare they had before. All of these lies have been proven wrong.
Now Republicans say the Act is unsustainable because premiums are rising and insurers are pulling out. More rubbish. Whatever is wrong with the Affordable Care Act could be easily fixed, but Republicans have refused to do the fixing. Insurers have been pulling out because of the uncertainty Republicans have created.
The reason Republicans are so intent on repealing the Affordable Care Act is they want to give a giant tax cut to the rich who’d no longer have to pay the tab.
Here we come to the heart of the matter.
If patriotism means anything, it means sacrificing for the common good, participating in the public good. Childless Americans pay taxes for schools so children are educated. Americans who live close to their work pay taxes for roads and bridges so those who live farther away can get to work. Americans with secure jobs pay into unemployment insurance so those who lose their jobs have some income until they find another.
And under the Affordable Care Act, healthier and wealthier Americans pay a bit more so sicker and poorer Americans don’t die.
Trump and House Republicans aren’t patriots. They don’t believe in sacrificing for the common good. They don’t think we’re citizens with obligations to one another. To them, we’re just individual consumers who deserve the best deal we can get for ourselves. It’s all about the art of the deal.
So what do we do now? We fight.
To become law, Trumpcare has to go through 4 additional steps: First, a version must be enacted in the Senate. It must then go a “conference“ to hammer out differences between the House and Senate. The conference agreement must then pass in the House again, and again in the Senate.
I hope you’ll be there every step of the way, until Trumpcare collapses under the weight of its own cruelty. House Republicans who voted for this travesty will rue the day they did. Any Senate Republican who joins them will regret it as well.
There was no better word for it. It seemed as though every where you turned there they were, him and his perfect girl. The girl that was once you, but at the same time wasn’t you. Because Tom never flaunted you, he never wanted to be seen out together, you never so much as went for coffee together.
Yet, you longed for him, to be curled up on the sofa watching whatever rubbish horror movie you could find on Netflix, snacking on far too many sweets knowing it would make training a thousand times worse on Monday. The jealousy towards Nina, the blonde who had been draped on his arm, continued to simmer in you, and you could feel it grow bigger with each headline you read, or each photo you saw.
“Yes, it’s my fault because I wanted to see if you were jealous” - Jim Kirk
Pairing: Jim Kirk x Reader Fandom: Star Trek Requested: Yes by Request: Star trek imagine where you are dating jim and you work in medicine so you’re a training to be in medicine so you’re bones assistant and one day kick hurt himself so he has to se you for help and bones is all like stop flirting with my intern type of stuff and he starts going to medical a lot more to be able to see her and she’s bubbly and sweet and just yeah and then the crew is teasing him about it Thank you so much! PLEASE MAKE IT LONG AND FULL OF FLUFF AND YEAH STAR TREK IMAGINE WHERE IT FOLLOWS STAR TREK BEYOND HOWEVER YOU’RE BONES ASSISTANCE THATS TRAINING TO BE A DOCTOR AND JIM LIKES YOU AND ALL THANKS XX
A/N: I have put two together because they were similar requests
Being one of the head doctor/nurse obviously below Dr Leonard McCoy and working on The Starfleet was the best thing to happen in my life, being able to travel to other planets and galaxies was just magnificent. Being on missions meant meeting other species and working with them, having to learning their language (which was cool by the way), helping out when we could with what we had but also fighting some of these species, due to them seeing us as a threat or somewhat. But sometimes parts of the missions were quiet, so we were allowed to have an amount of time to do our own thing, so some people trained, learning, or working, I chose to train whilst off duty, and study whilst it was quiet in the med bay.
Hey Anna! Just wanted to add some thoughts on Maybe Not’s excellent point they made earlier.
They’ve hit the nail on the head with that one.
It’s true that Team BC has never really looked like they were on the ball when it comes to dealing with a critically engaged fandom.
Instead, we have them continually and tediously rinsing and repeating the same flawed strategy…to wit:
Work up the Cumberbitches (ftr: I personally have always disliked that term) into a frenzy of unconditional adulation, whilst simultaneously mocking them.
Then expect everyone to swallow whatever rubbish they’re feeding us, no questions asked.
Meanwhile, those of us who acknowledge that Ben, who admittedly is a talented actor and a bit pretty, is still an imperfect human being like the rest of us and capable of making mistakes, are demonised as being ‘haters’ or 'nutters’ for daring to question the status quo.
Rinse and repeat…ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
Such mixed messages…it’s no wonder his fandom is in the mess it is, really. And they’ve been enabling this behaviour for years. Are we really surprised that there seems to be no recognition of appropriate boundaries here?
And it IS an embarrassment for him when those self same obsessive fans go on their own, self appointed, interwebs crusade to rant at anyone who dares to criticise their unicorn prince.
Hell, I’m embarrassed by them…which is why I’ve never been keen on identifying with that part of his fandom. And I’m pretty certain I’m not alone in that.
It is time for team BC to rethink their strategy, and start trying to appeal to the grown ups.
And, just a hint…grown ups who appreciate an actor don’t actually care who he’s married to, as long as he seems happy. They don’t care about how many times he manages to make 'baby bath time’. They don’t care whether he’s straight, gay, or somewhere in between.
What they do care about is that he is entertaining in his interviews. They care that he offers them a great performance in whatever project he’s involved in. They care that he does what he is good at and looks like he’s enjoying it. Just some suggestions there. I hope that one day, they might actually be considered as an option.
Thank you for ALL of the above Ms Showsie, especially this:
“Grown ups who appreciate an actor don’t actually care who he’s married to, as long as he seems happy. They don’t care about how many times he manages to make 'baby bath time’. They don’t care whether he’s straight, gay, or somewhere in between.”
my dear friend Elizabeth at anarchyaustralia isn’t feeling very well so I thought I’d write something for her and she kinda liked it so I’m sharing it with you guys here we go :)
(sorry for any typos) (this was hastily written on my phone)
Imagine soccer!calum, who’s your flatmate in college (and who has had a crush on you in forever but barely anyone knows that especially not you) coming home from practice being kinda done because he is so unconcentrated lately and the coach scolded him for that in front of the whole team today (and he’s captain so it’s twice as embarrassing) but as soon as he finds you curled up under like two blankets on the couch, a cold plate of mac'n'cheese on the coffee table and a can of tea that’s also almost cold now his face turns from frowning to worried and he rushes over wanting to see what’s wrong and you dive up from under the cocoon you’ve made and look at him with puffy eyes and a red nose and your voice sounds hoarse and raspy when you tell him that you got a terrible cold but you have finals next week (so has he, one of the resons he sucks at soccer lately) and you’re just totally desperate bc you’re behind in studying with almost all your subjects and then Calum shushes you and helps you get up and then he tells you tontke one of those special baths with that cough medicine thing he has seen somewhere in a cupboard and you nod and then he goes into the kitchen and heats up some chicken soup he finds in the fridge and manages to not burn the rice and then prepares your bedroom with fresh covers and sets down the soup on the bedside table and when he has made sure you’ve at least eaten half the bowl he goes back to the kitchen and makes fresh tea only to find you asleep when he comes to bring it to you.
For the amount he spends sleeping, dreamwalking in the fade, Solas is not a morning person, and is particularly cranky when he has just woken up (Sera takes full advantage of this).
People often stumble upon Solas sleeping in odd places around Skyhold… atop the battlements, in the kitchen, down in the prisons cells, there isn’t anywhere they haven’t found him snoozing.
Solas and Dorian spend time in the Library discussing (and often arguing over) magical techniques. Despite several arguments ending in Solas rolling his eyes and leaving, and soon after Dorian ‘accidentally’ dropping a book from the second floor very near to Solas’ head, they have grown an odd fondness for each other.
Solas often visits Cole in the tavern upper floors, sitting with him and sharing stories of spirit he has met in the fade that reminded him of Cole.
The Inquisitor has found Solas in the stables more than once, tending to the harts and muttering to himself in Elvhen.
Solas hates tea… and yet it is strangely commonplace to find him sat scowling into a dainty orlesian cup, sipping at an elfroot infused herbal tea.
Among the travellers arriving at Skyhold, there have been numerous alienage refugees. Solas, despite himself, often ended up with several small elven children sat around him, retelling Elvhen stories that had been long forgotten.
Their blood is tinged orange. Orange-red. Blood orange.
Two hearts, obviously
Gets about 1/5 as much sleep as humans. Most timelords can get by on about a decade for every century.
Can survive a fall of about 30ft
Can hold their breath for a few days in an absolute emergency
ASPIRIN IS DEADLY POISON TO THEM
can detox (see: The Unicorn and the Wasp) from most liquid poisons
The limit on how many times you can regenerate is not a biological law, it’s a written one. Time Lords ascribe you a number of regenerations / limit them otherwise. That’s it.
Time Lords/Ladies are just Gallifreyans who have graduated from The Academy.
The Doctor originally stole the TARDIS and ran away because his granddaughter, Susan, couldn’t get into the Academy and her entire family shamed her for it / were like ‘nooooo you’re not a part of our family anymore ew’ and he thought that was rubbish, so whatever.
It takes 7 Time Lords to fly a TARDIS. Typically. The Doctor was crazy enough to fly one, anyway.
Time Lords are traditionally loomed on a thing called a Time Loom, not born. This means they’re made fully grown, and have to develop emotional intelligence as they go. Contemporary canon directly contradicts this, so it’s up for debate.
The Doctor’s participation in the Time War involved using something called The Moment to put both Gallifrey, its entire population
(with one or two exceptions: the Doctor and the Master, e.g.) and (supposedly) all of the daleks into something called a Time Lock.
There are certain points in time that are called “fixed”. It’s a plot device used for whenever the Doctor can’t change something that’s happened, because it’s too important that it did. A good example would be – if you’ve watched Les Mis – the initial part of the French revolution; without those kids’ deaths, there would never have been the more proper Revolution. Important events also include Hitler’s whole Hitler thing, the death of Rose Tyler’s father, the deaths of the first people on Mars… and Gallifrey.
ALSO when under the effects of anaesthetic, Time Lords cannot regenerate. That one’s important because I think 7 died by way of being taken to a hospital and they decided to operate on him and remove one of his hearts because “He’s human!!!” and then they dumped him in the morgue and only once the anaesthetic wore off was he able to regenerate
also notably I don’t think his wife was ever introduced or mentioned, people just pretend she existed
his first companions were Ian and Barbara – two teachers at Coal Hill Highschool (which, incidentally, Clara works at, as a bit of a nod to them); they tailed Susan home (to a junkyard with a 1960s police box in it, though this was set in the 1960s so it was normal to them) after realising that she knew more about their subjects than they did and wondering what was going on. The Doctor took them aboard by way of kidnapping, tbh. One was a grump.
ALSO a particular time of Time Lord cuisine is Food Bars. Think Willy Wonka’s bubblegum, that’s really what they are, but they’re more rectangular and… kind of like a longer type of matchbox.
The universal sign for hospitals/medical attention is a green crescent moon, just in case you ever want to use it, but that’s more contemporary canon than old
and the name of the planet is New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New Earth. that’s 15 News.
Adric I believe was the first companion to die. He died for no reason trying to do something to save the day that eventually had no effect on the final outcome at all
also if you ever talk to an old!who fan they’ll mention Ace. Ace is apparently the “model” for the current-day companions. She liked blowing things up, I’m told.