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Apparently breaking a bone has something to do with preventive or primary care… or not.

However you feel about the ACA, arguments like this are not doing supporters any favors:


You cannot ask a 20-something, “What happens if you break your leg?” Hear her response of, “I intend to take personal responsibility for that.” Start in on the emergency-rooms-must-treat laws, then throw out, “The. . . ACA is designed to reduce that most expensive kind of treatment by incentivizing primary and preventive care, because emergency room bills add up fast, and certainly not all of those charges incurred . . . would or could be paid.”

True: ERs cannot refuse you because you are uninsured or cannot pay.

True: The young person that breaks their leg may not be able to pay their bills out of pocket.

False: Primary and/or preventive care has something to do with this example.

False: The ACA will somehow reduce “that most expensive kind of treatment” when someone suddenly breaks a bone.

The emergency room thing is true, and had the journalist presented the idea that paying for insurance will prevent unpaid bills from effectively being foisted on taxpayers outright, that’d be fine. Instead, we are introduced with, “ERs cannot refuse care” and led into incentivizing primary and preventive care… Sorry, is there a vaccine to prevent us from breaking bones? Because if so, I’d like that, please.

The only way this works is if we’re not talking about “young invincibles” and are instead talking about the elderly population prone to osteoporosis.

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Another Actress Speaks Out In Support of a Healthy Body Image

Scarlett Johansson joined Ashley Judd (mentioned on April 11) in taking the media to task for their ridiculous focus on the weight and appearance of actresses.

Johansson talks about how she got into shape for Avengers – steady diet and exercise – as well as how ridiculous media portrayals of her supposed slim-down were. And how harmful – not so much to her, but to all the girls and women out there.

I have to applaud her for coming out and telling us about what it took to slim down. Not an expensive, live-in trainer or plastic surgery or some ridiculous liquid diet, but a healthy diet and exercise. What she’s saying is, it’s hard work to be that thin, but you can do it to. And even better than that – she’s telling the world that body image isn’t everything, that being healthy is more important.

I want to add that it’s awesome that popular news(ish) outlets like HuffPost and The Daily Beast gave Johansson and Judd a platform on which to address the world.

The final thing I want to say is this: if you are in shape (particularly if you’re a woman) and you work for it, tell people. Don’t make it seem like you’re naturally perfect because it’s much more awesome on multiple levels if you work for it. Admitting you’ve had to work out or eat right or both not only tells us that you’re dedicated and hard-working, it tells people everywhere that they are not doomed to an unhealthy weight. If others can work for it, we can, too!

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What I’ve Been Reading: May 8th


“For me, this is an industry that’s really wrestling with how it defines its own professionalism.”

Or lack thereof, I guess.

We’re living in a food carnival. . .” This article about obesity in the US is full of possible policy prescriptions, some of which sound like good ideas, and some of which sound like a bit too much government involvement.

It makes me angry when charities are used as profit-making opportunities. Beware the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF).

“I ask myself what the heck are these people doing stealing from our veterans. because that’s what they are doing,” Simpsons said. “I don’t care how you look at it. These people have sacrificed for our country. And there are some people out there raising money to abuse ’em and that just makes me mad.”

Black Women and Fat“: in some ways, I envy the difference in cultural ideals that makes curves more acceptable. At the same time, Randall’s article shows that the cultural ideals might trend toward the extreme opposite of super skinny, and what we really need is an ideal of a healthy (but not cookie-cutter) woman.

How out of touch are the leaders of the United States? Very, it would seem. It really seems as if they don’t consider how laws affect the majority of the population. Why do I say this, you ask? Well first, you can be too poor to file for bankruptcy. Yeah, you read that correctly. Second, the pool lift requirements going into effect later this month mean that hundreds of thousands of pools across the country must install lifts costing upwards of $3500 – perhaps well upwards. That means some hotels and public pools may opt to close rather than buy a lift. Thankfully this law has some language protecting community pools,* but it’s still fantastically inconsiderate, especially given all the ambiguity surrounding the requirements. Are politicians seriously so wealthy that how laws effect less affluent people doesn’t even occur to them? Do they even give one second of thought to the law of unintended consequences?

I haven’t been too taken by any freshly pressed blogs lately, but I did enjoy this one about funny signage around the world.

Atheists joke about eating babies, but some Chinese people really do eat babies, apparently. Makes the joke lose a lot of its humor.

I’ll admit I haven’t finished reading this yet, but so far it’s great. Boys often perceive reading as girly (wtf?). I guess this is kind of like the color pink. I mean, 300 years ago most girls couldn’t read, and now it’s something only girls do? Anyway, the author wrote about how to talk to little girls, and now she’s writing about how to talk to little boys. 🙂

Dear Stephens, Fuck you. Because a few 2012 graduates you’ve met were not particularly well-educated and because the focus of the entire education system has changed from brute memorization to thinking skills, you’ve thrown out my entire graduating class? You call us less-educated than any class before us, and you call our majors useless. What was your major, Stephens? Did you graduate during the slow recovery of the worst economic recession in 70 years? Didn’t think so. Who was president of the US in 1874?**

*”The rules also allow for possible exceptions for municipal pools, in that they must bring existing pools into compliance, “to the extent that it is readily achievable to do so,” and “unless doing so results in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a (swimming) program, or in an undue financial and administrative burden,” according to a USDOJ overview of the standards.

**That’s right, I picked an arbitrary date. History is a very, very large thing, full of many, many facts. Too many, in fact, for any one person to know them all. They’re basically all important, but not knowing something as arbitrary as the US president in a given year doesn’t necessarily mean we’re uneducated.

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What I’ve Been Reading: April 9 (aka I’m too lazy to write a real post)

AIDS in Romania – it’s really horrifying to think how many people (in Romania) contracted HIV because of unsanitary medical procedures and how many people are unaware of being infected.

The Economist had an interesting and short article about the wide array of problems found in healthcare in the United States. It’s nice when people admit the problem is complicated and multifaceted and will not be solved by universal healthcare.

I’ve never been so thankful for statutory rape laws in the United States. Twelve is too young for sex, consensual or not, prostitute or not. I think Brazil needs to work on its laws in that area.

Prostitution seems to be a popular topic today. Taslima Nasreen wrote a post speaking out against sex slavery and prostitution. Greta Christina replied both saying she agrees sexual exploitation is wrong and pointing out that not all prostitution is sexual exploitation. If you read one, make sure you read both!

“A Voice For Men”: The link posted via Facebook to this post did not immediately raise red flags. When I clicked the link, though, my first flag went up because of the “false rape society” banner at the top. Not to say there aren’t falsely accused men out there or that they don’t deserve a voice – of course they do. It’s just that a website like that is bound to attract just as many men claiming to falsely accused when they weren’t as legitimately falsely accused men. The second red flag comes up further down the page, when they start to hate on women and feminists. Do you think maybe it’d be better to share this information without the added thought that women are evil? And without the oft-repeated quote (from a single source) that women in domestically violent relationships are just as or more violent? It sounded as if they were trying to push the “more violent” really hard. And finally, differentiating between sexual violence and domestic violence is a must – they’re not mutually exclusive, of course, but they’re also not the same thing. Possibly a good topic for a Man Boobz post!

Unwieldy movement, indeed. What do you think of Occupy? My family and I were discussing it: the first comment on the subject illustrated how hard to understand the movement is because it lacks a clearly unified stance. The second comment, showed that the speaker understands how confusing the movement is. The third comment, from myself, gave an example of all the different views attributable to the movement.

Voxcorvegis wrote a great post on think tanks. Why does the press report so widely on the biased “studies”?

It’s occurred to me in the past few months that if the Mitt Romney who became governor of MA were running for president, he quite likely would have my vote. Unfortunately, a different Romney seems to be running for president. I’m not sure if this is the first Romney in disguise, a man with a personality disorder of sorts, or just a man who wants to win so badly that he’ll say anything (a man without integrity).

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