Chained

Am I chained by gender rules
To this private womb
Made public by morals
Not my own.

Imprisoned in femininity
By a public entity
Poisoned by power
Demanding dominance

Am I to be
Prisoner to pregnancy
Denied choices, living
In forced dependency.

The Rights We’re Fighting For

The Rights We’re Fighting For Are Yours Too
The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I have recently made a comment about a meme I saw in which it compared the women at the Million Woman March and sister marches all over the world to women in the military. It was belittling the women of the marches. It struck me as a complete fallacy and I pointed it out, to which the poster completely missed my point. She was one who doesn’t want to hear anything contrary to her own views and got defensive immediately. I wasn’t insulting her; I was merely stating that it was comparing apples to oranges. The reasons for the two groups marching are completely different. The soldiers are sworn to defend the Constitution, yes, but their marching is a part of the job they signed up for. The Million Woman March was about the rights our own government is trying to deny us under this new administration. So the only comparison I see is that they defend the very rights we are exercising. You would think they would feel good about the fact that we’re actually using the rights they defend instead of letting them lie dormant and unused. If we do that, we will most surely lose them. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.

I will state that no, I don’t understand conservative thought patterns any more than they understand liberal ones. I don’t understand how any woman could support donald trump when he has been very vocally anti-woman and has even bragged about committing sexual assault and getting away with it. Did you not learn at any point in life that sometimes a man just says what he thinks you want to hear to get you to do what he wants? To listen to what someone says and not pay attention to what he does is putting yourself in a vulnerable position to be taken unfair advantage of. And of course when that happens, you get the blame for putting yourself in that position. That is where rape culture was born. And chalking it up to “locker room talk” encourages the behavior because they got away with it, so they’ll continue to do it. And believing that something never happened because they told you so and ignoring that fact when someone shows you video proof is willful ignorance. You become the victim of gas-lighting when you do that because you’re buying into the illusion of innocence. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.

I see so much out there that is critical to the protesters in that they are being judged. Another commenter said that half the people out there didn’t even know why they were there. I was there and everyone there except perhaps the little ones knew exactly what they were doing there. Even some of the little ones did. Between signs, conversations, t-shirts, buttons and chants, everyone had a valid reason to address during that march. There were many, but all of them were born of the acidic vitriol that came out of the trump campaign. There is much fear and rage out there over the things that he promised his followers that put us all at risk. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.

To assume that the marchers were all out there for the same reason is to make an assumption with no facts. Try a Google search of the protest. There are literally hundreds of signs posted on Facebook alone that were at the actual protests that address a multitude of reasons for protest. All of those signs all boil down to one thing. The protesters fear that they’re losing rights under this administration. More than just reproductive rights. More than just equality. More than just one issue. I alone made signs for multiple reasons. All of our concerns should be addressed. All of our voices should be heard. Not just by the new administration but by the supporters of it as well. Pay attention. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too. You might think we’re fighting for something we already have but you’re not paying attention if you think there is no threat to them. The truth is, trump has threatened the first amendment multiple times already. If we allow him to attack a primary constitutional right specifically mentioned first in the Bill of Rights, they will slowly pick away at the others as well. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.

I know the first argument will be that his threat to the media is only those reporting lies, but the ones reporting lies are not the ones he’s attacking. He is attacking the respected media outlets that have earned their place as respectable reporting entities. He is attacking those who report anything he dislikes, even if there is documented proof of it. And 6 reporters have been arrested and charged with a felony for rioting because they were on protest sights reporting on those protests. We can’t allow this to happen. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/business/media/journalists-arrested-trump-inauguration.html?_r=0) that’s the NEW YORK TIMES ladies and gentlemen, not just some fly by night organization that just popped up over the last few years. Not just some tabloid on tv organization. The New York Times….The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.

The first amendment gives us the right to free speech, free press, peaceful assembly and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. All of these things are involved in our protests. To arrest people for exercising our first amendment rights is a violation of the Constitution of the United States. Yet there are states that have bills on their agenda trying to criminalize the right to peaceful assembly and petition the government for redress of grievances. (http://www.snopes.com/lawmakers-criminalize-peaceful-protest/) Yes, Snopes is a legitimate source. They are a fact checking organization. And the article does say they are definitely on the agenda, but that none have passed into law. These are the things we need to pay attention to. This is a FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT they’re trying to criminalize. They’re trying to chip away at the foundation of the Constitution ladies and gentlemen. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.
Yes, we have a problem with the right trying to criminalize and ban abortion. You can’t legislate morality because morality is subject to individual interpretation and some of us believe it to be more moral to spare our offspring a short and extremely painful death than to force it to feel that pain. YOU DO NOT KNOW what leads a woman to the decision to have an abortion. You don’t even know when you see a pregnant woman going to a Planned Parenthood office if her fetus is even viable. A D & C is also performed at Planned Parenthood. This is done after a fetal demise, yet people who insist on judging these women stand outside of Planned Parenthood offices and brutalize these women for their decisions without knowing the first thing about them. Stop judging when you don’t know what’s going on. And stop supporting legislators who want to force these women to risk their lives to carry out a pregnancy without knowing the circumstances either. These decisions need to remain between a woman and her doctor, NOT her legislator. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.

Stop trying to force your beliefs on everyone else. Science is real. Scientists have made a career of studying their choice of scientific field. They have devoted their lives to it. Just because you don’t know the difference between a theory and a scientific theory does not give you the right to discredit their research and make assumptions about it, much less to allow lawmakers to make laws governing it. Science is responsible for every advance to improve human life. Open a book. Not just any book. Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly don’t know anything but their right wing propaganda. Open a book by A SCIENTIST. The rights we are fighting for are yours too.

Open a medical Journal. Learn about genetics. Explore how genetics works and learn that there are genetic variations that people might find to be odd but they recur in nature more commonly than you might think. Like genetic mutations that cause a human being to be born with more than one set of reproductive organs. If that can happen, then being born with a male identity in a female body and vice versa is also not only feasible but occurs often. Quit making assumptions and do some research. The rights we are fighting for are yours too.

Ask yourself this question. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if you think everyone you meet sees you the same way you see yourself. If you have any critical thinking skills whatsoever, you know that they don’t. So do you want people that don’t know you making assumptions about you and condemning you for it and stripping you of your rights based on an assumption? That is exactly what is happening. Pay attention. The rights we are fighting for are yours too.

Stop assuming that because it gets cold, Global Warming is not real. ALL scientists agree it’s real. The only people that say it’s not are politicians. And if we let it go and continue in the direction we’re going, we will kill ourselves when we kill our planet. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.

Multiple species of animals are dying due to the actions of humans. This is not natural selection; this is human beings becoming the cancer that is killing the whole planet. We have to do the right thing for all of us, for our children and future generations. The Bible doesn’t defend your denying what’s happening. We’re supposed to be stewards of our planet. The rights we’re fighting for are yours too.
Start paying attention….before it’s too late.

Expand or be Damned

From the time the first bill presented to Congress by President Barack Obama for Affordable Healthcare was released for public perusal, I have been reading and researching on it. Not as a constant of course, but as questions come up, I refer back to it and give the correct answers to these questions as not only my passion but also as part of my job. That being said, I have been very aware and very disgusted by the misinformation out there about the law.

I have yet to address Medicaid Expansion in this blog because I do work in the field and could not afford to lose my job over a comment that could possibly be taken the wrong way. However, I am proceeding with caution, as I think it’s time I did speak up. Georgia needs Medicaid Expansion. Hospitals are folding without the funding Medicaid Expansion would provide.

The biggest arguments against Medicaid Expansion are monetary related. They involve reimbursement rates and the cost of the program. The fact is, we’re already paying into the program; we’re just not getting any of the benefits. It would not cost Georgia any more than we’re already paying to accept the expansion package. So we have to ask ourselves, who is gaining what by not participating in Medicaid Expansion? Because millions of us are losing by not taking it; not just the uninsured, but those who lost their jobs when facilities closed and those who have to go a lot further to seek healthcare as a result of those closings.

I’ve heard the argument that Medicaid has a low reimbursement rate. I understand the concerns on this subject. However, due to the EMTALA laws, any person who presents to the Emergency Department of any hospital must be seen and treated by federal law, regardless of ability to pay or whether or not they have insurance. (This law was signed by Saint Ronnie of Reagan- https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EMTALA/index.html?redirect=/emtala/ ) If the patient does not have the means to pay, the hospital absorbs the cost of their treatment which results in prices going up for everyone else. (you’ve seen people get upset that illegal aliens get free healthcare….so does everyone else that doesn’t have insurance and you’ve already been paying for it for years) This is part of the reason for closures of rural hospitals, because they’re not meeting operating costs. Sure, Medicaid only reimburses at between 40% and 50% of costs, but it’s better than 0%, wouldn’t you say? And consider that those costs are inflated by uninsured patients….if they were insured, those costs could come down and the percentage would go up. The bills created by uninsured people don’t just go away when they’re ‘written off’; they are recouped by inflation of healthcare costs. And those costs go up across the board. One facility sees another facility get more for a test they’re doing or for a supply they’re using, their prices go up too. Why did you think the cost of an aspirin in the ER is about what you’d pay in a grocery store for a whole bottle?

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that’s just greedy doctors etc, but hospitals have overhead to meet too. They have to pay doctors, nurses and staff, but they also have to pay power bills, water bills, gas bills, phone bills, internet etc. What do they need internet for, you ask? Because when you come to a hospital for the first time, and have no medic al records on file, they can now reach out to your doctor via internet stored medical records and find out your medical history so they know how best to treat you. Is this something you’re willing to sacrifice for the sake of cost? I didn’t think so. Why do you think they ask for all your personal information? It’s not JUST for billing you.

And don’t look down on your housekeeping staff in a hospital. Their job isn’t just to wipe down and mop. They have to change your infection ridden bed sheets in the best way to avoid giving your infection to the next occupant of the room. Their own health is just as much at risk as the doctors’ nurses’ and techs’ health. And they must be paid as well, though they are often very much underappreciated. They are not there to be your servants. They are there to protect you from yourself and the infections that are possible in a hospital environment as well as everyone else. And yes, I say yourself because you can contaminate your own wounds by not properly cleaning up after yourself. Just going to the bathroom and not washing your hands and touching an open or exposed injury or wound could give you a staph infection, so many of those law suits over staph infections could very well be self-inflicted. Think on that for a while.

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Without proper funding, we are opened up not only to lack of healthcare in some rural areas, but also substandard care that could lead to disaster health wise and community wise. So when supporters of Medicaid Expansion say without it, lives are at risk, they’re not just being drama queens. They aren’t pulling fear out of their hats to scare you into supporting their cause. They’re stating the facts. Infection and illness are no small matter and must be taken seriously. And yes, Medicaid expansion is solely about caring for those who are sick or helping prevent sickness or the spread of it. It’s not just a political issue; it’s a public health issue.

Private doctors have more of a reason to not want to accept Medicaid expansion plans because while hospitals have other means to provide services, doctors’ offices are more limited. However, if doctors’ offices and clinics would take Medicaid patients, costs would also go down because there’d be less people seeking treatment in the emergency room because they could obtain preventive care. Preventive care is paid at 100% of the allowed amount. Whether or not that allowed amount is 40% or 50% or what have you, its overall impact on the cost of healthcare still makes it well worth the sacrifice. If a patient seeks preventive care, more expensive care can be avoided because expensive illnesses can be caught early.

Early on in my life, I thought doctors and medical professionals were respectable simply because they cared about people. I have learned the hard way that many get in it for the money. It makes me sad that the Hippocratic Oath means so little to so many medical professionals that they would deny a human being healthcare over money. Can’t we get behind Medicaid Expansion for the greater good at least?

And you can’t convince me it doesn’t work. It’s working in the many states that accepted Medicaid Expansion at the onset of the ACA. The only thing standing in the way is politicians and their lobbyists. Go to https://www.healthcare.gov/ to read for yourself.