Advocating Progress: Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act: Our Top 10 Reasons it May Impact You



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By Erin

A survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 49 percent of Americans say they don’t have enough information on the Affordable Care Act to understand how the law will affect them and their families.

The Affordable…

Everyone should read this. It’s a good explanation of what is about to happen. I feel like ignorance regarding the provisions of this act has a lot to do with the backlash. Instead of listening to politicians and activists who may not (read: prob don’t) have your best interests at heart, read the bill and decide for yourself. Chances are that unless you are a wealthy white male, this act benefits you, and if you are a wealthy white male that has a problem with this act: check your fucking privilege.

Advocating Progress: Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act: Our Top 10 Reasons it May Impact You

five things

1.  STRESS.  I start my week long vacation on Friday afternoon, and I can’t wait.  I need a break from the firm.  I’m happy that we are so successful, but I’m overwhelmed right now. I need some time to get my personal shit together, which I’ve been neglecting.

2.  RELATIONSHIPS.  I’m thinking it’s time to reevaluate a few.  I’m tired of always giving and never getting anything in return.  If I only hear from you when you have problems, or when you want free legal advice, you are getting cut out.  Fuck that shit.  I don’t have time to immerse myself in your drama. I’ve got enough of my own.

3.  RUNNING.  I feel like it’s taking over my life.  I’ll be glad when the half-marathon is over, and I can go back to just running for fitness.  It’s weird to be to a point where a 6 mile run doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.  The 10 I have to run this weekend…ugh. 

4.  TIME.  I don’t have enough of it, which is a big contributor to #1 (stress). 

5.  ALCOHOL.  I have really cut back on my drinking, and I’m feeling good about it. 

Most of Saturday was spent at a concert. A large group of friends and acquaintances went to see: The Neighbourhood, Greek Fire, Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, and Imagine Dragons. It was a really great show, though I’m not really into Imagine Dragons (and neither are Dave or Robert) so we left before their set ended. (I don’t understand how they were the headliners, when Silversun is just so awesome, but whatev) Cage and Silversun were so good, like really, really good. I liked both bands before going, and now I like them even more. I was a bit disappointed by The Neighbourhood. They were better when I saw them at Blueberry Hill. Greek Fire was okay. I wasn’t familiar with them before yesterday.

This was my first time sitting in the lawn. I’m not sure I want to do it again. It was too crowded, too hard to get back to your area after bathroom breaks, and there was way too much smoking. As Dave said, we are too rich and too old to sit in the lawn. I totally agree.

awkward but awesome

I’m awkward in social situations.  I always have been.  I’m particularly awkward in large groups of women.  Even though I consider myself to be quite girly in a lot of ways, I am not even a little bit domestic in the traditional female sense. I don’t enjoy cooking, scrap booking, photography, or any of those stereotypical female hobbies. I could never be a stay-at-home mom.  I would lose my shit.  (Not hating on stay-at-home moms at all.  I admire that you can do it.  It’s just not me.)

Why am I telling you this? Well I found myself spending time with a group of about six women this weekend, all of whom are fairly domestic minded.  I didn’t have much in common with any of them.  There was a rather heated debate over what’s better: the manual or electric can opener.  I stayed out of the conversation until questioned directly. (I did this by making sure my mouth was always full of food.  Fail.)  My response:  I personally prefer a manual can opener because what about when the zombie apocalypse occurs and there is no electricity? You’ve gotta be prepared.

This response was met with confused stares and an awkward silence. 

But when I immediately thereafter texted my response to my bestie, Danielle, she said: That is awesome!

And that is why we are such good friends.