Newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.
Wheeler’s stance is surprising given that it…
I offer an update to a Shakespeare quote:
“First thing we do, let’s kill all the lobbyists.”
“Here’s to all the poor kids. And all the kids who won’t be getting anything for Christmas no matter how good they were all year, not even if they were as good as gold. Here’s to the kids who dread running into their school friends the day after Christmas because they won’t have a good answer when someone asks, “what did you get for Christmas?” Here’s to all the kids who ever held out hope…even after their parents told them they couldn’t afford that new toy. Here’s to the kids who weren’t born to rich parents or fortunate circumstances. Here’s to all of those kids. I feel you.”—Odin’s B-Log: (via livealifethatscompletelyfree)
I call this “The Unintended Cruelty of Santa Claus”.
Cats and dogs are gendered in contemporary American culture, such that dogs are thought to be the proper pet for men and cats for women (especially lesbians). This, it turns out, is an old stereotype. In fact, cats were a common symbol in suffragette imagery. Cats represented the domestic sphere, and anti-suffrage postcards often used them to reference female activists. The intent was to portray suffragettes as silly, infantile, incompetent, and ill-suited to political engagement.
Literary magazine designed, produced, and edited solely by the student of Broward College (formerly Junior College of Broward County, Broward Junior College…
I was digging into the Internet to find some records on my less than stellar academic career at 18/19 years old and I found this.
This is the edition of the school literary magazine in which I had three poems published.
Literally everything is on the Internet.
Unrelated to the magazine, I figured out why I had a semester so crappy that it still haunts me to this day…
My grandfather died and I stayed home from classes for a few days to be with her. She was basically kicked out of her family by most of her 7 siblings so there was no way we were going to get a death certificate.
That’s the story of why I had 3 withdrawals in one semester. It would have been a total wash if it wasn’t for my kick ass French teacher.
I heard that birth control is free under Obamacare but I’m still paying for my pills every month. Why isn’t my insurance giving it to me for free?
There are a couple of reasons why this may happen. Here’s the deal:
Obamacare = amazing because it recognizes that birth control is basic, preventive health care. It makes it so that new insurance plans have to cover birth control (along with a whole host of other preventive care) with no out-of-pocket costs to you.
At a minimum, plans have to cover the full range of contraceptive methods without a co-pay if they are prescribed and FDA-approved. This can include:
birth control pills
the shot (Depo)
female sterilization (plans are not required to cover vasectomies, but some might)
emergency contraception (aka the morning-after pill) if prescribed
spermicides if prescribed
sponges if prescribed
New plans must also cover your visit to the doctor to talk about your birth control options as well as services related to contraception – like follow-up visits, management of side effects, and IUD insertions and removals. This is with no out-of-pocket costs to you.
But, there are a few reasons why your insurance may not cover a specific type of birth control at no cost.
Your insurance plan is only required to cover one type of each birth control method (e.g., implant, IUD, sterilization, and hormonal birth control), but not necessarily all of the products in that category. For example, if you want use birth control pills, you might be able to get Ortho-Tri-Cyclen at no cost, but not Loestrin. Or they may cover a generic brand of birth control pills at no cost, but require a co-pay for the brand-name version.
Plans must cover a brand name drug or a specific generic version if there’s a medical reason you need to use it over the version your plan covers. You can ask your nurse or doctor what methods are best for you, and they’ll help you request a “waiver” from your insurance company — this will allow you to use the brand name product or specific generic without a co-pay. You also want to ask your insurance company to check what the process is.
Another reason your birth control might have a co-pay is if your insurance plan is “grandfathered.” In other words, it doesn’t have to comply with certain standards under the new law because the plan already existed when Obamacare was passed. So things like birth control, STD screenings, and cancer screenings might not be covered without a co-pay.
The good news is that more and more insurance plans will lose grandfathered status over time, usually when they make big changes to benefits, costs, and policies under the plan. If your plan loses its grandfathered status, your new plan must cover the range of birth control methods without a co-pay.
Insurance plans can vary a lot, so the best way to find out what’s covered or if your plan is grandfathered is to call your insurance company. If you’re not getting the answers you need or access to the benefits you should, you can call the National Women’s Law Center PILL4US hotline at 1-866-PILL4US for additional help.
Remember: whether you have insurance or not, you can always come to Planned Parenthood for the care you need, when you need it.
-Adriana at Planned Parenthood
This is pretty informative. Thanks, Planned Parenthood.
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.”—
The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system.
The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.
The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.
They estimate this will end up saving Vermont 25% per capita over the current system, in addition to preventing some proportion of the 45,000 preventable deaths that occur annually in the US due to the inability to afford treatment.
Hot damn, Vermont, you sexy maple loving beasts.
They said they would do it and they did. I have a feeling they are going to knock it out of the park.
Perhaps, just as the Massachusetts plan became the model for the ACA itself, maybe this will show the rest of America the way. That THIS is the way the richest nation on earth can, and should, take care of it’s citizens.