Social Justice Atheist Geekery

Links post for 2017-11-20 to 2017-11-26

Links post for 2017-11-13 to 2017-11-19

  • Get America Covered – Medical bankruptcy is a very real danger in the U.S., and will continue to be until we come to the legal recognition that healthcare is a basic human right. Until then, making health insurance available to all and fighting to get everyone covered (actually covered, not “plans” that make corporations rich but don’t deliver when patients need them) is like vaccines for our financial health.
  • Why DNDL Is No Longer An “Athlete Code Brand” – A corporation doing right by the people it sponsors.
  • Better Off Ep. 046 – Food Stamps, Grants, Loans, and Behavioral Economics with Michael Lewis – The back half of the episode has a good look at why government infrastructure and administrative bureaucracy matters, and why Mike Pence’s absolute bungling of the Trump transition matters.

Links post for 2017-11-06 to 2017-11-12

Links post for 2017-10-30 to 2017-11-05

  • Get America Covered – I’ve seen countless small business owners and self-employed entrepreneurs talk about how the ACA helped them make the leap away from working for someone else, because they didn’t need to depend on an employer for affordable health insurance or worry about pre-existing conditions. If you know someone who’s self-employed, think about asking whether they’ve arranged for health insurance.
  • Notre Dame Is Dropping Birth Control Coverage For Students, Employees – When I started seeing headlines about this, I initially missed the implications for students. It’s one (heartless) thing to tell working women that their birth control is going to be way more expensive because of who they happen to work for. It’s even worse to tell students – who don’t have a regular income and are frequently building debt already – that certain health choices will impose and undue financial burden.
    It’s just funny how so many of the same people arguing for “personal responsibility” want to use legal and economic coercion to impose their beliefs on other people’s responsible choices.

[UPDATE – Notre Dame has apparently reversed this decision. The right call, but not as good as if they hadn’t tried to do the wrong thing in the first place ]

Links post for 2017-10-23 to 2017-10-29

Several videos this week – some informational, some that made me happy when i needed it.


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