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For those of you thinking, “Well, maybe Hobby Lobby has a point about religion ‘freedom’ and healthcare…”

First off, just stop. Your boss doesn’t get to dictate what you do with your paycheck, whether it’s buying groceries, donating it all to orphans, or splurging it on hookers and blow.

Your boss might take issue with you buying pork because he’s Jewish, donating it to orphans because she thinks they’re godless, or on the hookers and blow because that’s not very Christian of you. However, your bosses would be ridiculed for thinking they have the right to tail you to make sure you’re spending YOUR money in accordance with their faith, right? There’s not much difference here. Set aside that the insurance is not directly offered by Hobby Lobby, or that they could pay taxes/penalties instead of lawyers and legal fees by kicking everyone onto the exchange, thereby taking away their supposed moral conundrum. Spoiler alert: HEALTH BENEFITS ARE COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LABOR. Why would you think for one second that your boss gets to dictate what you do with your compensation?

Second, I want you to try a thought experiment. Let’s say the owner of a for-profit business is a devout Muslim. It is forbidden in the Muslim faith to consume pork. You’ve gone to the doctor for pneumonia, and your doc gives you antibiotics. Unfortunately, many medicines in gel capsules contain gelatin, which is usually derived from animal protein. Due to fears about mad cow, it’s more common for it to be derived from pigs. Your boss claims to have the right to bar you from taking that antibiotic because your health plan is paid for in part by the company, so therefore your boss gets to dictate the company’s (their) religious belief trumps your doc’s opinion because the for-profit company is an extension of their faith. Can you imagine the pearl-clutching if Muslim business owners told these good Christians (or anyone else, for that matter) that they could not have potentially lifesaving medicine because of the owner’s beliefs? Richard Dawkins might stroke out from rage. Fox News might never recover. Michele Bachmann would require a fainting couch for the resulting vapors.

How about if it’s medicine in a gelatin capsule for high blood pressure, depression, or even erectile dysfunction medication? How about if your devout Catholic boss would only cover erectile dysfunction for married men because premarital sex is a sin, and ONLY if said medication was used with no contraception and in pursuit of conception because sex is only for procreation and every sperm is sacred? Or dictating no treatment for HIV or AIDS because only “sinners” get it and their god says no dice?

Or what if your boss says no insulin because it was derived from animal protein long ago or no Heparin to treat a blood clot because it still contains animal tissue, and their vegatarianism is a deeply-held belief too, isn’t that kinda sorta like religion, please Justice Scalia?

I cannot wrap my head around Hobby Lobby’s view that medical treatment is their business because said treatment might maybe have something to do with their employees doing the sex on their time away from work — y’know, their private lives. Not all contraceptives and reproductive health visits are for preventing maybe babies — hormonal contraceptives have a myraid of uses beyond preventing conception. The only time the sex lives of Hobby Lobby employees is their business is if employees are boning on the clock — THEN Hobby Lobby has every right to say “No sex time ‘til break time, please.” They can’t say, “No sex time ‘til ring time, please. Because Jesus.”

Working for a for-profit employer in the U.S. does not mean you must also swallow their religious dictates hook, line, and sinker. To claim otherwise in the name of religious freedom is a complete fallacy and wholly offensive to the very idea of religious freedom itself.

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bernish-ops:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.
that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

Actually, Obama care reduces the deficit.

Watch this video linked above about how the ACA reduces the deficit! It’s incredibly informative AND well done. Then forward to your auntie that keeps sending you the annoying email forwards about death panels.

bernish-ops:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

Actually, Obama care reduces the deficit.

Watch this video linked above about how the ACA reduces the deficit! It’s incredibly informative AND well done. Then forward to your auntie that keeps sending you the annoying email forwards about death panels.

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I’ve had a wicked sore throat and a cough for two days now.

But if this gets any worse, I can actually go to the doctor now since I signed up under the Affordable Care Act and qualified for Medicaid. There’s several providers in my area, and most have same-day appointments. If I need any prescriptions, those are covered too. I haven’t had coverage like this since I was in the military.

So yeah… That durn Obamacare…

THANKS OBAMA!

P.S. If we had single payer, the question of qualifying for Medicaid would be moot. ALL citizens would be covered.

Filed under look i know it's not perfect but it's a start obamacare affordable care act health care insurance single payer now thanks obama

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Save the Rich: “Papa” John Schnatter Edition

"Papa" John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder and CEO, is back in the headlines once more for his assertion that there’s no way on God’s green Earth he can afford to provide health care for a portion of his employees, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Now, Schnatter hasn’t been hurting for cash. As Brian Warner writes:

When Papa John Schnatter hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney earlier this year, the Republican candidate began his remarks by saying: “Who would’ve imagined pizza could build this? This is really something. Don’t you love this country? What a home this is, what grounds these are, the pool, the golf course…. This is a real tribute to America, to entrepreneurship.” If your house impresses Mitt Romney, the ultimate one percenter, you know it must be pretty awesome. To start, John Schnatter’s 40,000 square foot castle is located in a wealthy country club suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. The property is spread out over a 16 acre estate and as Romney mentioned, features several swimming pools, a private lake and a golf course.

But who knows what’s going to happen now that the health care mandate could supposedly cost him $0.15 a pizza?! Schnatter claims the costs will be $5-8 million per year — though he had no trouble with giving away two million free pizzas this September that cost the company 24 to 32 million dollars

Maybe he was counting on Mitt Romney winning.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to take Garfunkel and Oats’ advice and save the rich, one wealthy CEO at a time. Joining me is easy. First, get an envelope and address it [click to zoom]:

Mine reads:
Papa John Schnatter
1904 Stone Gate Rd. <— (address listed for political fundraisers)
Louisville, KY 40223

Or you can send it to Papa John’s Corporate:

2002 Papa John’s Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40299 or

Papa John’s International, Inc.
P.O. Box 99900 
Louisville, KY 40269-9990

My letter [click to zoom]:

As I wrote, I may not be able to afford their overpriced pizza, but I can afford a nickel, a dime, and a stamp. I encourage folks to help save the rich and send Papa John some nickels and dimes to offset this gigantic burden, especially since it’s not financially feasible for him to survive without the extra few million. Apparently.

It’s the least we can do for folks working under such a selfish bastard. 

Cheers,

Meg

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Christian College Suing Over Birth Control Mandate Didn’t Realize it Already Covered Contraception

Dear Wheaton College,

This is you:

This is my brain:

Why? Because the stupid literally hurts. You’d think this is something your lawyers would check on before going all religious martyr for the cause in court… 

You’d think that.

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(Click here to listen if the above doesn’t work)

These interview segments aired on Cognitive Dissonance July 20th, July 27th, and August 3rd. Sen. Phil Nicholas, R-Laramie, is running for re-election in Wyoming’s Senate District 10. His opponent is Prof. Anne Alexander of Laramie, also a Republican — so this one’s decided in the primary, kids.

I had requests to upload the interview segments, so here they are.

(Image: Official photo of Sen. Nicholas from the Wyoming Legislature’s website)

This includes his answers on marriage equality and the war on women that made the live-chat, Facebook, and the phone blow up.

- Meg

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Mitt Romney Lavishes Praise On Israel's Socialist, Government Controlled Healthcare System

Mitt Romney seems to be laboring under the impression that whatever he says in a foreign country will—like a weekend in Las Vegas—somehow stay in that foreign country.

Either that or he figures nobody back home is paying any attention. Speaking today to a small group of Israeli contributors to his campaign, the GOP presidential candidate—and supposed sworn enemy of government controlled healthcare—had kind words for the success of Israel’s healthcare system:

"When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation"

Does he listen to himself talk? Or does he just say words? I am 100% convinced his staff and advisers hate him or something. It’s like An Idiot Abroad: When Mittens Attacks.

I mean, if he wants to campaign on socialized medicine, that’s cool too… But I’m pretty sure he just figured what happens in Israel, stays in Israel. Except internets, Mitt. There’s always the internet.

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Planned Parenthoods Rescued By Obama Administration With Large Title X Grants

Ten Republican-controlled state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood since the 2010 midterm elections, but the clinics affected by the cuts will not have to shut their doors any time soon. The Obama administration so far has awarded hefty new federal family planning grants to Planned Parenthood clinics in three states that have cut the providers’ funding: New Jersey, Tennessee and North Carolina.

While Obama supports Planned Parenthood, the direct Title X grants are not exactly unusual: HHS has contracted directly with Planned Parenthood providers for years, including under former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. But the Planned Parenthood clinics that are receiving new federal grants this year are applying for those grants for the first time after defunding in their states created a need for federal money.

Paige Johnson, a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood clinic in Durham, said that clinic has never appealed to HHS for Title X grants because it was always able to partner with the state. But after the state stopped contracting with Planned Parenthood, the clinic made the case to HHS that it is the primary provider of family planning to low-income women in the area. Under federal law, HHS is required to award grant funds in a manner that expands women’s access to care in the most cost-effective way possible in areas of the greatest need.

Trust me, they mad.

A huge thank you to the Obama administration for putting women’s health above the GOP’s hissy fits.

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Fundraiser for Griselda Lopez

shannonclare:

shannonclare:

Hey guys. I know times are tough and money is tight for everyone, but if you could spare a few dollars to help out a friend of mine, I’d be forever grateful. The following is copied from my friend Junior’s facebook:

My family is coming together to raise money for my aunt Griselda Lopez’s medical expenses, treatments and related costs due to her Systemic Lupus that she was diagnosed with back in 1997. Unfortunately she has been uable to work as of late because of this (and other complications with her illness) and now we are holding a fundraiser Saturday, July 28th from 6pm-2am at Viv’s tap Room in Crystal Lake, IL. There is a $5 dontation at the door, raffels and all the proceeds of this event are going to the Griselda Lopez Medical Fund.

Please check out www.griseldalopez.com for more information about Gris and how you can make a dontation! Also there is a facebook event that was created so if you are interested in coming please let me know and I will be more then happy to give you all the info!

Thank you!

Again, if you could spare a few dollars I (and Junior) would greatly appreciate it. If you can’t (completely understandable) could you please give this a signal boost?

Thanks, everyone!

I owe a big thanks to everyone who has reblogged so far, you guys are fantastic!

 (Even Ten thinks so!)

Just reblogging now for anyone who may have missed this earlier.

Signal boost!

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Obama directs that wildland firefighters be offered health insurance

President Barack Obama has directed federal officials to offer seasonal firefighters the option of purchasing federal health insurance coverage, White House officials told The Denver Post Tuesday.

The temporary seasonal workers who descend into fire zones are usually young people who work sundry outdoor jobs, depending on the season. Some pick up contract work removing trees in the fall or they work at ski areas in the winter. Many are college students.

But because they are not full-time U.S. Forest Service employees, they previously did not have the option of purchasing federal health insurance.

Under a directive that will be made in the “near future” from the Office of Personnel Management, this group will get that option by the end of this month, White House officials said.

I had no idea they were not eligible. Thank you to the Obama Administration for taking care of our first responders in this regard. Now, let’s work to make it more affordable. 

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