The New Reason To Visit Peru: The Beach
Our Turkeyday Nov. 2014 is set.
— Nelson Mandela, "An ideal for which I am prepared to die". Mandela made this statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage, Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20 1964 (via thepeoplesrecord)
Today, almost 1.5 million more people are signed up for health insurance than a month ago. That’s roughly the population of, say, Hawaii or Philadelphia.
You can thank the much-maligned Obamacare.
Its still-buggy website has justifiably gotten the most attention—the law won’t work if Healthcare.gov doesn’t—but Obamacare is more than that. It doesn’t just reform our individual insurance system by regulating and subsidizing it, so everyone can get coverage, regardless of preexisting condition. It also expands our government system by opening Medicaid up to people making 138 percent of the federal poverty line ($15,850 for singles and $21,400 for couples). And that’s been working even when the website hasn’t.
At least, it’s worked when states have let it work. See, states aren’t required to accept the Medicaid expansion. They can turn down the free money if they want—and most states with Republican governors have. (And it is pretty much free: the federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs the first decade, and 90 percent thereafter). The result is a bifurcated system where people too poor to qualify for exchange subsidies can get Medicaid in some states, but not others.
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you’ve got your politics I have mine.
after spending 8 days in the warm waters of Nicaragua all I can think about is surfing.
If you ever find yourself wondering
what became of me,
make your way to a forest and look
for a stream; then follow its path
due west—past limbs of fallen trees
and the carcasses of seasons—until
you reach a clearing.
For in the ebb and flow
of a life spent buffeted by defeat,
and the wake of small victories,
it is here where you will find me
tying a rope swing to the branch
of an overhanging tree,
at the perfect swimming hole,
on the perfect day.