Hooray for the PPACA!

Projects around the house can take on a life of their own, and seem never-ending. I spent a good deal of time last summer, and last fall, tackling several projects. Not to brag, but in some circles I’m known as a master of the miter box. My aim isn’t perfection, it’s simply knowing things are working as they should. When the next thing which needs repair, or an update, becomes apparent I’ll address is. However, not once did I ever think it would be easier to demolish my house in order to fix a few problems. That’s too extreme.

I was shocked when I began hearing some people say: “Repeal Obamacare, but leave the ACA alone. That’s the one I’m on!” I’d just shake my head in disbelief. Sometimes the name matters. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), AKA: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is, wait for it… Obamacare!

When the Affordable Care Act was passed, it was done so with grumblings from the Right. We started to hear the GOP insist it would be repealed and replaced. Years went by, and it never happened. People, including Republicans, began to use it. More people gained coverage, and issues were brought up. Those issues weren’t dealt with properly. Some began referring to it as Obamacare, and that name stuck. Lately I’ve heard Republicans say they’re working on a replacement. One point which sticks out is that those with pre-existing conditions would have about two years to get coverage, a “reasonable amount of time” as stated by one Congressman (apologies, I’ve forgotten his name). What irks me with this is the idea that those with pre-existing conditions wait as long as possible to gain coverage. That is simply not true. As someone with a pre-existing condition, I was thrilled when I was able to have health insurance. I no longer had to pay out of pocket for everything. I signed up as soon as I could. I now fear I’ll lose my coverage. If and/or when that happens, perhaps I’ll send my next medical bill to the White House. I have coverage right now. I don’t want it to end. I don’t know how to state that any other way.

The ACA (or Obamacare, whatever you prefer to call it) was meant to be a work in progress. To be improved upon. Like my house. The basics are there. Improve upon it, don’t demolish it. That’s too extreme.

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Walk That Freedom Highway

When I was a kid, our family took more than a few road trips. All of us in the RV, and singing along to whatever my Grandfather was belting out. For all I know, the radio was broken. Sitting up front with him was the coveted spot. Nothing beat the wide open views as we made our way down to wherever we were headed. Granted this was a few decades ago, so my memory may prove a little fuzzy, but it would usually begin with Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again”. It’s not the song which got us started as we headed out that strikes a chord now, but the one which kept us going when we’d pull over for lunch. There were no diners, lunch was hot dogs and whatever my Mother and Grandmother brought along. We’d stop to take in the scenery, and my Grandfather would start singing another song. It’s this song which helps keep me going now.

Skip head a few decades, and as the 2016 Presidential race got underway, I realized I was paying closer attention to aspects within it which I usually ignore. After the Primaries, my attention became even more focused. One could have made the argument I was obsessed. They wouldn’t have been wrong. I wanted to start a blog months ago, but couldn’t have been more indecisive as to where to begin. For days following the election, I was in a daze. I watched the Inauguration, and became even more depressed. However, it wasn’t the depression which weighed on me the most. It was the anxiety. I found myself dealing with a level of anxiety I’ve never experienced in regard to politics. I still do. Every. Single. Day. Early on, like a lot of fellow American’s, I joked that if Hillary Clinton lost I’d move to Canada. When the unimaginable happened, I steeled myself against such thoughts. I was angry. Not because she lost, but out of fear for what the (then) incoming Administration would do to our country. There are so many issues I’ll write about, but the one which bothers me the most is Immigration. This is a nation of Immigrants. Unless you’re Native American, you’re either a descendant of an Immigrant, or you are one yourself. Without Immigrants, America wouldn’t be the great nation it is today. Building walls will not change that. Signing bans will not change that. No one needs to “Make America Great Again”. America is already great!

 

Oh, that song I mentioned earlier? It’s Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land”.

 

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