Monday, January 30, 2017

The Resistance.

Something in a comment below struck me and made me think. Stephanie said she was making pussy hats for "the resistance," meaning her nieces who march.  We are all in the resistance (unless we're Trumpkins/apologists who say "give him a chance"/ or apathetic "both siders", in which case this blog is going to be really annoying reading for the foreseeable future).

The Women's March was an awesome grassroots protest movement that succeeded beyond the wildest expectations. I was a pussy hat skeptic until I saw the aerial photos from cities all over the country/world. The sea of pink hats was amazing, and those silly pink hats are iconic now.  However, resistance isn't really about marching and wearing hats. That's a very useful, valid tactic, certainly - it forced the media to take the scope of the animosity toward our installed puppet seriously.  Notice how the tone of the major networks' coverage changed when they were given a new angle to cover? The normalization of this situation largely stopped overnight.

But while marching is a great tool to get attention, without concrete actions (like making lots of phone calls and donating to groups with hoardes of flying monkey attorneys who can attack this shit through legal action), eventually the impact of protests will fade. And do you seriously think anyone in the Trump WH gives a damn what Americans think?  They are so far in their own alternative fact world, they don't get it.  We need the squadrons of flying lawyers, which is why I'm so delighted that this weekend's immigration atrocity got the ACLU a year's worth of funding in one weekend.  A few more stunts like that and Team Trump will finance its own removal.

One more thing: we all seem to share a brain already, but I am late to It's a convenient way to find information about Congresscritters and call to express your opinion.

And that's enough for today. I'm going to turn on escapist TV and knit. We have to pace ourselves, we can't afford to run out of steam.


k said...

Thanks. Called. One senator's inbox is still full. I shared the link on Facebook.

wednesday said...

Thanks for this link. I have been calling, but always get the full inbox. also has 10 Actions in 100 days. The first one is a printable postcard to send to your Senator or Congressperson. I like that too, as it's a tangible object registering your opinion that sits there taking up space in a mail tray.

Jan said...
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Jan said...

Thank you for your posts. They make me feel less alone. I was an employed nurse until june 2015 when the hospital sold the group I worked with and our services to a private company. While this was going on (we had to apply for our jobs with the new company), I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. I was only given a per diem job (no benefits) with the new company. I can't prove they knew about my health, but it was quite the coincidence. I am doing physically much better now after severe complications with chemo and a 2 month hospital stay and many months of rehab, but can only work very limited hours. And my 18 months of COBRA are done. My ACA insurance (very difficult finding a policy that accepted both my oncologist and the cancer care center) is $750/month. My income is $1900/month. I thank God my house and car are paid for. What will happen to me financially is terrifying and I know there are others in worse shape. I'm a 61 year old master's prepared nurse and my country is going to hell and sending me and others there first. When my siblings think that narcissistic, misogynistic, fascist and his cronies were the better choice, I can't talk with them any more.
I'm sorry for the ramble. I'm sorry if I've shared too much. But thank you. Your posts give me hope.

Anonymous said...

Jan's story really shocked me - our combined (here in Australia) Hospital and Medical insurance (including Ambulance costs) comes in at just under $300.00 per month - that is NOT a special rate for pensioners. Own choice of surgeon or specialist. Also covers dental (so-so) and optical, and a LOT of other extras. Any one who does not take out health insurance before their 30th birthday is penalised with higher rates - we have both been in funds since forever.

We have a partial pension, and that is supplemented by our superannuation - superannuation contributions only became compulsory about half way through our working lives. One strong similarity - as pensioners we are much better off because we own our own home, and the car is paid off (hey, it's 10 years old).

Best wishes for your good health, Jan,

Gae, in Callala Bay

Catherine said...

Jan, oh God honey, I wish I had something cheery to say, but all I can do is hug you. You're living the experience we all dread. As a nurse I'm hope you've already applied for Medicare? Because diagnosed Stage IV should get you in, but there's still that two year wait because WTF is wrong with this country???

Gae - Jan's not a unique case. She's my daily fear, that at 60 I'll be diagnosed with something and "outlive my insurance" and be unable to pay medical bills. And you know what people are told here? That in places with "socialized medicine" (socialism is the dirtiest of words here) people DIE WAITING TO SEE DOCTORS! They have created a climate of fear about universal health care, the best President Obama could get done was a sort of expansion of the private system, which the right perjoratively named "Obamacare." It gave a horrifically dysfunctional and cruel system a path out, with further tweaking it could in time lead to at least a voluntary form of single payer, like a Medicare buy-in. That would have been the next logical step to protect people like Jan. Basically, it would remove the minimum age when Medicare benefits kick in, so someone around my age or Jan's age could voluntarily pay a premium to get Medicare benefits normally available only if you're over 65, instead of being left where Jan is now. Now the GOP (the Republicans) are hellbent on killing every last bit of it, just because they can. It's not sound policy, it's pissing on Obama's legacy.

Anonymous said...

"Die waiting to see doctors" is total BS. As a matter of fact some of the longest waiting lists are if you are trying to get a hip replacement as a public patient. Some delays in some cancer specialities are because of a shortage of specialists.

We have tailored private insurance - for instance, I waived Obstetrics, after all, after a hysterectomy in 1988, I am unlikely to need it, besides I am 73! We agree to pay a chosen (our choice) co-payment on our FIRST hospital admission in a calendar year, that also reduces our premium.

As pensioners, our local GP accepts the straight Medicare payment for all consultations. One of Ernst's specialists (the Geriatrician) charges Medicare for his treatment, the other (Rheumatologist) charges his private fee, we present the a/c to our private fund, and receive 2/3 to 3/4 refund. If our GP refused to accept the Medicare payment, we would pay for the consultation and then claim the benefit from our fund.

When my late father, then 80 years old, and a pensioner, needed a replacement heart valve, he was in surgery within 3 weeks of the diagnosis, and when it was all (very successfully) over and done with, he signed several pieces of paperwork, in one or two departments of the hospital, and walked out the door, not a penny poorer! With an extra 11 years to enjoy.

The system is not perfect - can you name any human system that is? Apart from the Trump organisation, of course! But it works very well, for most people, most of the time.

Stay healthy, for Pete's sake,

Gae, in Callala Bay