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  •  Your diary is amazing. (16+ / 0-)

    Your personal story plus your extension to the plight of your fellow men/women is profound.  Thank you for writing this.

    One of the things that came to mind after reading your diary was that the ACA is not elite.  It does not settle its help on any individual or part of our social community.  It addresses everyone.  Another thought I had was that the ACA might help our country dissect the costs related to health care (most expensive in the world I think) and we might become part of the solution, the little people that is.  If we are participating as you are now in health insurance rather than sitting on the sidelines, we can also work together to improve the process.  You had avoided the doctor's office until you had coverage and when you saw the way the system worked (costs) you began to put two and two together.  With more participation I hope we have more empowerment to change things.

    So glad for you in any case.  Makes me feel joy to read the stories of people's circumstances changing under the laws implementation.

    •  Thanks cuphalffull (7+ / 0-)

      We are most certainly part of the solution, both in terms of spreading the risk by joining the insurance pools and engaging in activism in an age where internet access is all it takes to have some impact. Obviously, the entrenched interests will fight against us having any such impact. They already are.

      But I have no intention of letting that stop me. This community and the netroots in general have made large strides already. The ACA may have even died in Congress without that influence, among other examples. I fully expect the movement to push on and "the little people" to make up a large part of it.

      Maybe I'm overly optimistic in the face of these powerful corporations but not trying would lead to a worse fate - or at least lead there far more quickly.

      "Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking." -Keynes

      by UntyingTheNot on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 06:24:43 AM PDT

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    •  I agree, but it pisses me off to no end (6+ / 0-)

      that the right doesn't want to be a part of providing health insurance to EVERYONE.  It boggles the mind, really.

      Let me explain the order of things to you. There's the aristocracy, the upper class, the middle class, working class, dumb animals, waiters, creeping things, head lice, people who eat packet soup, then you. -- Gareth Blackstock, Chef!

      by avamontez on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 06:26:55 AM PDT

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      •  I am afraid that self-centeredness is something (4+ / 0-)

        we will see among our fellows and sometimes it becomes concentrated in one group, time or place.  However, much more powerful is the opposing inclination to share.  I could always tell what was motivating a person during the health care reform campaign when we spoke.  If the person asked only what the reform would mean to their own insurance or lack of insurance and nothing more, I knew where they were coming from.  But if we also discussed the need for "people" to be able to access healthcare and how we needed to figure out how to do that, then I knew I was talking to someone who cared about more than themselves.  The world is filled with sharing and caring people and when we get to meet them we are blessed.

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