This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Kyle Willis, a 24-year-old unemployed father of one from Cincinnati, passed away last week from an easily treatable tooth infection because he didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford a simple tooth extraction.
Willis began experiencing a wisdom tooth ache two weeks ago, and was told by dentists he would need to have it pulled. He didn’t have insurance to cover the procedure and couldn’t pay for it out of pocket, so he decided to skip treatment altogether.
After his face began to swell, Willis went to the emergency room, where he was prescribed antibiotics, which, again, he couldn’t afford. He decided to stick with pain medicine. The infection eventually spread to his brain causing it to swell.
He died last Tuesday.
American Academy of Family Physicians president-elect Dr. Glenn Stream says that, even if Willis had access to a free dental clinic, “the wait is often months…and this young man died within two weeks of his problem.”
“[Willis] might as well have been living in 1927,” Dr. Jim Jirjis, director of general internal medicine at Vanderbilt University, told ABC News. “All of the advances we’ve made in medicine today and are proud of, for people who don’t have coverage, you might as well never have developed those.”
We must make it clear that a platform of ‘I hate gay men and women’ is not a way to become president of the United States.
Jimmy Carter, relevant now more than ever. (via gaywrites)
Jimmy Carter is so BAMFY, it hurts. There’s also this.
Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is severing all ties with the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women. A devout Southern Baptist for more than sixty years, Carter left the church in 2000 because of ideologically differences where the religion justifies the subordination of women. His announcementcomes after the Elders, a group of world leaders with which Carter is affiliated, released a statement on the issue of discrimination against women and girls by religion. In his statement, Carter calls “on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women.”
“…Right there, in the fine print of (Standard & Poor’s U.S. credit rating) downgrade release, they said that a big factor was that, quote, ‘the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues,’ unquote. And they give an example of how to fix that: quote, ‘initiatives, such as the lapsing of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for high earners,’ unquote. In other words, S&P would like to see higher taxes on rich people.
Folks, whatever you think of Standard & Poor’s, when a Wall Street firm run by rich people recommend higher taxes on rich people, they might just know what they’re talking about.
There are a lot of crises that we can’t predict or avoid: earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes. This isn’t one of those crises.
It’s simple: the Republican base is not a friend to women. If they’re not pretty, they’re gym teachers and dogs. If they’re opinionated and strong, they’re shrill bitches. And if they dare remark that Palin, O’Donnell, and Bachmann don’t seem to have the interests of women or children in mind, they’re bloodsucking misogynist feminazis. Why not just call them “fugly sluts” and get it over with?
by Augusta C (stfusexists.tumblr.com)
A brilliant article—clever, humorous, and incredibly true.(via hatters-gonna-hat)
The sad thing is America no longer has a two-party system. One of our two parties has morphed into kind of a cult driven by a singular fixation and obsession: preserving tax breaks for the wealthy at all costs.