they have free healthcare

anonymous asked:

Hi, so, I'm an american, with little to no knowledge about the Tory party (British politics are a mystery to me), so would you mind explaining what's so bad about them? I just want to be able to empathize with why y'all are so freaked by them. (Are they british Donald Trumps????)

Basically, yes. The Tory party (otherwise known as the Conservatives, if you want another clue as to their nature) want to do such delightful things as cut funding to the NHS, privatise pretty much every public service so that we have to pay for things like healthcare, cut free school meals and other school services, enact anti-immigration laws that you better believe are Islamophobic and xenophobic, lower wages, cut disability benefits and force disabled people who physically cannot work into jobs, make university tuition fees even higher, cut services like the police and fire departments, enact harmful policies like the bedroom tax, and all sorts of things that are going to cause the deaths of many disadvantaged people in this country. Hell, they already have.

I think today Teresa May (current PM and all around shitstain) said that she would be willing to scrap the human rights act if it will ‘end terrorism’, like, if you’re willing to get rid of basic human rights then you just need to take a step back and rethink everything about your politics.

So yeah, the Tories are the scum of the Earth and should be eradicated. Please, if you’re reading this and you’re eligible to vote in this election, go out and vote tomorrow (8/6/17) to keep the Tories out of our government. Because if they stay in, we’re even more screwed than we are now.

Sometimes I look at the healthcare “debate” happening in the US and I just…Man, where do you start?

In New Zealand, we have a taxpayer funded free public health care system for most treatments. We have a no-fault accident coverage system that’s paid for by employer levies and the government, and covers prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. And we still have private insurance and healthcare available for people who want it, but it’s rightly seen as optional.

When I injured my spine, I walked (hobbled) into a physiotherapist’s office I chose after investigating my options, arrange to pay one small up-front fee to cover their admin, filled in a simple ACC form, and got 6 weeks of free, high quality care. If I had wanted, I could have pursued other care, including pain care and surgery, or gone to another physio, all without worrying that I wouldn’t be able to afford it. If I hadn’t been treated, I probably wouldn’t be able to walk unassisted, let alone work.

I never lost my ability to choose what care I received (which seems to be the main argument in the US against what you guys call “single payer”) and I got necessary, high quality treatment quickly. If we can do it, why can’t you?

Actually, don’t answer that. I’m not sure I’d like the answer.

i think socialism is the ultimate libertarian political belief, a liberty born from knowing you’ll have food, shelter and healthcare no matter what. free from the systems that bind our hands to the wills of bosses, landlords and plutocrats.

goat-secretary  asked:

Totally on board with your assessment of the U.S. as a mid-tier country (at best). I'm curious: what would you consider a top-tier country? I've yet to leave the USA myself.

For a start: places that have universal healthcare, free college, well-protected workers’ rights, and low income inequality.

I didn’t use to be such a socialist*, but I’m more and more frustrated with perky news about how the stock market is going up up up! …and meanwhile most of the people on the ground are being overworked and going into debt just to survive.  A big imposing GDP means nothing if hardly anyone’s getting to enjoy it.

I think the only areas where the US is really exceptional are cultural influence and military power.  On the other hand, I don’t really want one country to have a monopoly on either of those, so, eh.  Still, I gotta give points for them.

We’re not low-tier, low-tier is somewhere that basic healthcare isn’t available to many people.  Here it’s available but you’ll go bankrupt.  That’s mid-tier.

*used loosely, I didn’t do the reading, etc etc, get off my back, you know what I mean

Adult Diagnosis Process

We have gotten a few questions about adult diagnosis. This is trying to be a handy guide for how to start the diagnosis process and what else to consider. If you have more questions, send them in. Same applies to if you think you have good information we could add to this!

Where to go for a diagnosis

  • University
  • Doctors
  • Colleges’ disability resource centers and behavioral health clinics

What do you need?

  • Yourself
  • Printed copy of the diagnostic criteria
     > Highlight what similarities you have (and maybe write some examples on the paper)

Finding a good doctor

  • Trial & error
  • See if you can find recommendations of good doctors via Google
  • You can also send e-mail to the doctor if they have an email address, and ask them about their experiences with adult diagnosis

   > You can also ask for a referral from your general practitioner

How to contact a doctor

  1. Call and get an appointment for a doctor (maybe your general practitioner).
  2. Go to the appointment.
  3. Ask for a referral to a place where they conduct diagnostic interviews for adults.

    > Bring your memos with you (or printed copy of diagnostic criteria).
    > Tell them you have done research and that you have symptoms that interfere with your everyday life. Then explain what those symptoms are. 


  • Depends on where you live and if you have insurance. If you have universal healthcare, diagnosis can be basically free.

   > Adult diagnosis services may not exist everywhere. It could be quicker to see a psychiatrist privately. This can cost from 1800-5200 dollars. This of course depends on which country you live in.

The process in steps

1. Ask for a referral
2. Once it has been processed, you should be called into a pre-diagnosis screening, where some interviewing will be done.
3. If they agree more interviewing is needed, you will get an appointment.
4. In the interview you might be asked to fill in Autism Quotient and Empathy Quotient questionnaires. The interview will most likely include an ADNOS testing process.

   > You will probably do the Autism Quotient and Empathy Quotient.
   > You will be asked to bring with you a person who has known you well since childhood.
   > The whole process can take up to 6 months or more.

Thank you @meowyautistickitten, @blazingjaya & @candidlyautistic. - Mod Venu

views-from-the-406 replied to your post:the Republican Party has had 6 years to come up…

We shouldnt have social healthcare at all.

If you want a totally free market solution, that’s a recipe for damaging the health of your country. Literally every other wealthy country has universal healthcare at lower cost and better health outcomes and it is achieved by having a number of these elements:

a) straight out single-payer healthcare funded by taxation
b) a mixed system where a public option competes with private insurance companies
c) private insurance that is much more heavily regulated so there are no shenanigans like dropping people for minor pre-existing conditions or random price inflations AND compulsory for everyone to purchase. because when you buy shit in bulk it’s cheaper and the bigger your pool, the more efficient the distribution of risk is.

I have lived under those systems and they are loads better than the mess my sister experienced in the US. It has been proven time and time again that you always need some degree of government intervention and regulation in the healthcare industry to prevent price inflation, profiteering and abuse of monopoly power. For non-single payer healthcare, you need to make insurance compulsory if you are going to eliminate moral hazards where people only buy insurance when they fall ill and thereby inflate prices for everyone. Just like car insurance or homeowners insurance. 

imperator-cj  asked:

You know it gets me when people are like "if people have free food/water/shelter/healthcare why would anyone work?" Because, there's still like extra shit people will want? Like people will work to have cell phones, tv, internet, cars, etc? People aren't gonna just stop working because the basic necessities to live a full, healthy life are met. People will still want the luxuries they would be able to afford if they didn't have to worry about baseline stuff.

That and people are actually naturally unsatisfied with doing absolutely nothing. People will have time to study, read, craft, write, make all kinds of art, and take care of loved ones. There have already been multiple universal basic income experiments and the result has been that most people kept their jobs for extra money. They people who quit their jobs were young people who wanted to go to school and single parents who wanted to be able to take care of their kids full time. It seems clear to me that providing people with basic shit will only make the world a better place but whatevs.

help me immigrate?

hello! i’m an autistic queer/trans immigrant of colour. i have been dealing with various financial issues (link), mainly due to my residency status, 

but: i can finally apply for permanent residency! 

the only problem is that the actual application costs a lot of money. i need $550 for just the initial application processing fee. as explained in the post linked above, i can’t really afford to save up for this right now, so i’m asking for help.

it’s really important that i immigrate because then i could have a less anxiety about living, get free healthcare and be able to get the medical care i’ve been unable to receive, as well as be able to work more, have legal rights, be able to support myself financially, and so many other important things. i would finally be able to start living my life. 

the support i’ve received has meant more than the world to me, and i am so thankful for all of it. i don’t know how to pay back all the love and generosity i’ve received. i hope this will be the last time i have to ask for help, as getting permanent residency would open so many doors for me. i want to make things right for myself, for all the people who believe i can and have helped me because of that belief in me. 

i have a donation button on my blog, or you can donate directly to me at even a dollar helps. if you are uncomfortable, i can do $5 sketches right now. either e-mail or PM me if you are interested in that!

thank you, be gentle with yourself, thank you, thank you

Why politics in this country is so polarizing

I just read an entire comments stream on a Facebook friend’s post that made me want to kill. Let me explain: this person is a republican, but not in the new crazy way, but the standard “I like guns and small government way for reasons I can put into coherent words” way. However, he has friends who are super right, so I get to read these.

Secondary explanation: the post was a meme that has the headline “priorities in this country are askew” and has a man with a gun on one side that says “right” and on the other a dying person on a stretcher being treated by a doctor that says “privilege”.

The entire comments stream was full of debate over my friend’s initial remarks, but it read with the sort of logic you’d expect. One statement was made over and over: “Well if healthcare (abortion) is a right, where does it end? If healthcare is a right then the government has to buy it for me, and if my gun is a right then it has to buy that for me too, and where does it end? Is food a right? Is housing a right? Does the government have to buy that for me too?”

So let me answer that and simultaneously explain to you why politics in this country is so polarizing.

Economists figured out in the 1800’s that a “public good” is something defined as non-exclusive, like national defense (meaning no one can be excluded from it, because national defense descends the entire country) or combats moral egregiousness.

So let me give you an example from my own life, to make this real. An unmarried woman gives birth to a premature infant (she is single because the man she thought she could trust up and vanished when the baby became a reality). She cannot get a job because the infant requires constant specialized care. She cannot live with her family because she doesn’t have one. So…should we as a country allow this woman and her baby to end up starving to death on the street? Some historical countries did, but there’s a reason they no longer exist. When we decided to exist as a nation we, over the many decades of existence, decided to do things in a sustainable way. So do we let her starve? No. Of course we don’t. We give her food and shelter, and we give her and her daughter healthcare. And do you know what? She lives and produces a contributing member of society.

The point is, we chose to be better than our past. We chose, as a nation, to embrace public good as something for which our federal system was devised to organize and uphold. OUR GOVERNMENT EXISTS TO ORGANIZE AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE. It is non-exclusionary and a public work.

It won’t create an “entitlement culture” because firstly, a system like that would collapse if fat lazy assholes increase in number while the supporting members decrease. There won’t be a problem to debate then! But secondly, THAT HAS NEVER FUCKING HAPPENED. In every country on this planet that has provisions for its citizens like healthcare, stipends, and free education…people have literally never turned into those space cadets from WALL-E. NEVER.

So why is politics in this country so polarizing?

Because one side is pure fucking evil straight from hell or too stupid to realize it is pure fucking evil straight from hell.


Communism is a tool for liberation

Liberals hate communism because communism is intended to liberate the poorest, most oppressed strata of society, people who nobody gives a fuck about under capitalism

So when these people free themselves using a political philosophical tool (communism) that makes no apology for supporting specifically them – and no-one else (dictatorship of the proletariat) – naturally the liberals all think it was a fucking disaster

The fact is, I don’t give a fuck about rich people or really even middle class people in the US and other imperialist countries, who basically live like royalty compared to much of the world that lives in destitution

I care about children working in cobalt mines in the Congo for 10+ hours a day against their will, about people who can barely subsist and for whom having a stable job, few working hours, free and reliable healthcare, having a home without the threat of being evicted because their paycheck isn’t enough to make rent is basically a fantasy, because capitalism has wrung them dry and cast them aside. I care about people whose homes are being bombed and invaded by imperialist countries, who have lost their livelihoods, their communities, who flee from war zones, whose families are destroyed by war, by deportations, by poverty.

That’s who communism is for, and we make no excuses for it.

i have no problems with selfdx’ing but if you have access and are safe to get a professional diagnosis, please do ! in wales, i technically have free healthcare, but the nhs takes actual fucking years to refer you for serious stuff like mental illnesses, dysphoria and such. so unless i have the money to go private, i haven’t got a chance of getting a professional diagnosis. but because i was paranoid and guilty of possibly faking it, i went to the next best thing which was my uncle who was a psychiatrist before retiring and gave me the next best thing. so yeah, try to get professional input, if you can !

Its 2020

pokemon go has been out for four years. there are hundred of gyms all over the world. laziness is at an all time low. presidential candidates are chosen via pokemon battle. healthcare is free. more jobs have opened up. scientists are creating actual pokemon. everyone is happy. the new era has begun

llamagoddessofficial  asked:

Well at the end of the day, we may say 'zed' but at least we have free healthcare. *Shoves Canada and it's free healthcare, accepting government, 11+ years of LGBTQA+ rights and open arms to migrants out of the way* Yup, because that makes us SOOOOO great ::::DDDDDihatemyfuckingcountryDD!!

At least your country isn’t being governed by an angry orange fruit

anonymous asked:

I agree completely!! the trans thing is HORRIBLE and I'm extremely angry. Trump should be happy people even want to serve. However, my mom has to pay 1,000+ dollars a month for she and I to have healthcare. It's not affordable. It's hurting my mom way more than it's helping her. I do think that if they get rid of it, they HAVE to have a replacement. They can't just get rid of it and not offer anything.

I don’t understand that because I pay $16 a month for healthcare? But it doesn’t cover everything. My opinion will always be that we need to tax billionaires out the ass so everyone can have free healthcare and tuition. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Edit: Also my fiancé has MS so we need medical assistance to afford his medication or he will get extremely sick.