MICA Professor Nate Larson and a group of photography students took to the Baltimore streets near MICA on Tuesday, April 28 to document and help with the clean up efforts after looting and fires from the night before. What they have brought back is a mixture of images, not all positive or all negative, but the reality of Baltimore a day after riots near the intersection of Pennsylvania and North Avenues.
Photos by Nate Larson, Lara Davidson, Zeina Zeitoun, Lynn Hunter, and Kris LaRosa.
I have noticed since Republicans won control of the Senate some of you have been openly jubilant about the possibility of repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Some of you are members of my family and some of you are my friends. I am not going to get into the odds of that happening or not happening; that remains largely out of my hands. I would like to talk to you for a minute about why it matters to me.
I have worked most of my life and for approximately half of that time; I was offered health insurance either by my employer or my spouse’s employer. It was excellent coverage at excellent prices. Everything began to change after August, 1995 when my spouse was killed in an offshore accident. Cobra coverage for me and two children, even in 1995, was unaffordable. For two years, I paid almost $700 a month for private insurance, and then I made the decision that we would just take our chances at good health and no accidents for a while. For the most part, we were lucky. For the most part, I was able to afford to pay for medical needs that arose. There were a few hospital bills along the way that were too large and went unpaid. I am not proud of that, it was just my reality.
I continued to work and pay taxes. I am not someone who has ever been a “drain” on society. In 15 years, I have worked for a company that offered health insurance 5 of those years, and in those 5 years, I participated and paid my part. Until coverage became available under the ACA, I had been uninsured for 4 years. I had no preventative healthcare, and mostly avoided doctor visits. I fell one morning during this last uninsured interval, went to a local ER, was there for 1 hour and two x-rays, and the bills totaled almost $6,000, some of which I am still paying for by the month.
Along comes the ACA; I signed up and found an affordable policy. It is not the best policy and I only had one choice as to insurance company, thanks in large part to the Governor of my state refusing to expand Medicaid. Nevertheless, I am extremely grateful. I am covered and I am covered regardless of pre-existing conditions. Here is what it has done for me in the past 11 months:
1. I have been able to have my 1st pap smear and mammogram in 4 years. I have a strong history of breast cancer in my family (I have had 3 lumpectomies, all negative) and am waiting on the results of my last test.
2. I have been able for the 1st time in many years to have a Primary Care Physician who is trying to determine the cause of global inflammation in my body that sometimes feels crippling.
3. I no longer have to get an expensive medicine ($215 for a 30 day supply) for free from the pharmaceutical company, I now have a co-pay.
4. I have an appointment next week with an ophthalmologist to discuss removal of cataracts in both eyes.
I have shared all of this in the hopes that you can see that there are REAL people who are being helped by the ACA, somewhere between 6 and 7 Million REAL people like me. To my friends and family who are against government subsidies to make healthcare more affordable, I want you to know that your opposition to my better health hurts.
Walk the broken path
throw open the massive door
walk the halls where
nature has reclaimed the floor
and the corners where the vine creeps
Listen for the echo
of long unheard laughter
and ignored weeping
and the smallest sigh
Dance in the dust
fallen at your feet
throw out your arms
and twirl in the sunlight
through the broken window pane
Originally posted on Trish Causey's ArousedWoman Blog:
Tonight I will be singing at an Irish pub here on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, singing songs of Irish resistance to British oppression. The songs span centuries of Irish history and subjugation at the hands of the English and tell the tales of British invasion, British occupation of Irish lands, the British genocide of the Irish Gaelic people, the theft of Irish Gaelic culture, language, music, and traditions.
I will sing some songs in Irish Gaelic. I will sing about a people’s centuries-long struggle for freedom from its oppressor.
Interestingly, when I talk openly about the “Yes Scotland” vote, many of the dissenters are mostly Americans and have said that freedom from Britain is not a good idea for Scotland. This is shocking to me as these Americans are clearly forgetting their own history, that we went through this exact process over 200 years ago. The difference is that we…
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