girlwithalessonplan
girlwithalessonplan:

shortformblog:

How are these 60 people linked? Well, see, after Rick Ruzzamenti, upper left, decided to donate his kidney, it set off a chain of kidney donation that led to 30 people getting 30 kidneys from people they didn’t know. It was the ultimate case of paying it forward. Ruzzamenti’s selfless gesture inspired the loved ones of those receiving kidneys — who weren’t matches with their relatives — to commit similar acts of selflessness. The result, what the National Kidney Registry calls Chain 124, led to people in 11 states getting a new lease on life.

Please be an organ donor.

girlwithalessonplan:

shortformblog:

How are these 60 people linked? Well, see, after Rick Ruzzamenti, upper left, decided to donate his kidney, it set off a chain of kidney donation that led to 30 people getting 30 kidneys from people they didn’t know. It was the ultimate case of paying it forward. Ruzzamenti’s selfless gesture inspired the loved ones of those receiving kidneys — who weren’t matches with their relatives — to commit similar acts of selflessness. The result, what the National Kidney Registry calls Chain 124, led to people in 11 states getting a new lease on life.

Please be an organ donor.

shortformblog

Obama’s health care plan benefited tens of millions in 2011

shortformblog:

  • 54 million people benefited from the Affordable Care Act in 2011 source

» Approximately one-sixth of Americans received one or more additional preventive care services in 2011, as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Over 20 million adult women received an additional service, as well as 14 million children, and just under 20 million adult men. Of the 50 states, Wyoming had the fewest patients (102,000) receive a new service while California took the cake with more than 6 million patients, over 2 million more than 2nd place Texas, receiving at least one new preventive service last year.

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robot-heart-politics:

Would it be that hard to put actual veggies on pizza? This is my eternal question with school lunch standards. Kids will eat vegetables if you serve them prepared in tasty ways.

(via karnythia)

Vegetables are expensive. Seriously. Unless it’s corn or soybeans, the subsidies the government gives to farmers make vegetables really expensive. It wouldn’t be cost effective for a lot of schools (especially poorer (read: black and brown) ones) to put anything more than processed food-meats and iceberg lettuce on the tables for their lunches. the USDA and the Obama Administration need to do way more than what they’re doing now. This is just my opinion. They need to get in there and fight like mad to help these kids.

Also, if you’ve seen the pizza they give these kids, it’s not made there at the school. It’s basically like those 99 cent “tony’s” pizzas from the grocery store. It’s just heated up at the schools and served. Vegetables probably wouldn’t last that freezing, shipping, or reheating process.

(via polerin)

That’s why we need to do more to subsidize and improve the quality of school lunches. My mom runs a school where 60% of her students are on free and reduced lunches. Those kids usually don’t get packed lunches, and they depend on what they get at school to be filling, nutritious, and satisfying. For some of them, school meals are the only meals they get all day long. Pizza and iceberg lettuce do not cut it. Catering to those who manufacture the garbage that most students are subjected to only makes the problem worse.

brooklynmutt
Contrary to popular wisdom, eating at McDonald’s isn’t exactly cheap, costing some $28 for a family of four. Which might help explain the results of a recent study from the University of California, Davis, which found that people’s visits to fast-food joints increased along with their incomes, and that poor people were spending fewer dollars on fast food than lower-middle and middle-income Americans.

The authors said their study suggests that the availability of fast food isn’t the only driver of obesity in poor groups. “There is a correlation between obesity and lower income, but it cannot be solely attributed to restaurant choice,” said J. Paul Leigh, professor of public health sciences at U.C. Davis and senior author of the study, in a statement. “Fast-food dining is most popular among the middle class, who are less likely to be obese.”
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Family Research Council Against HPV Vaccine for Boys Because it Enables Homosexual Behavior

liberal-life:

The Family Research Council has issued a statement in reaction to yesterday’s CDC recommendation that boys get the HPV vaccine too.

The CDC is quick to point out that the vaccine also protects against anal, mouth, and throat cancer—but they downplay the fact that these cancers are almost entirely the result of men having homosexual sex! Apart from the cost of the shots (upwards of $140 million a year), perhaps the most infuriating aspect of all this is the government’s insistence that we look for ways to minimize the impact of promiscuity instead of working to encourage the end of it. Rather than asking young people to change their behavior, society is scrambling to enable it. It’s like trying to address the problem of drunk driving by making better airbags. We can’t tackle long-term safety with short-term solutions. And unfortunately, tiptoeing around the fundamental problem—premarital sex and homosexual sex—shows how far off course we are.

(Via: JoeMyGod)

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liberal-life:

Finally breaking a deadlock, the Shelby County (Tennessee) Commissioners voted to award Christ Community Health Services a $400,000 contract for family planning services for the poor.  This is the first time in 35 years that Planned Parenthood did not receive the funding.

Christ Community Health Services, whose mission is “to provide quality services in the name of Jesus Christ,” will not perform abortions or offer emergency contraceptives.

In its application for the $400,000, Christ Community said that it would administer emergency contraceptives, but now says it won’t because of its beliefs.  Instead, it will contract that service to a third party.

Planned Parenthood supporters said that they should not be subjected to sermons in order to get help.

“I have the right to health care that is non-religious and non-judgmental,” argued Abby Schoef.

“What is it going to do to the people who aren’t Christian?” asked  an unidentified woman.  “I’m sorry to inform you that not all of us are Christians and not all of us believe.”

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bulletinaweave:

motherjones:

We asked one of the world’s leading experts on vaccines for his thoughts on Rep. Michele Bachmann’s fearmongering about Gardasil. He didn’t hold back.

The problem IS people like Michele Bachmann!

…though, I imagine I have a slightly larger scope for that statement.

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What you saw tonight is something much more sinister than not having a healthcare plan. It’s sadism, pure and simple. It’s the same impulse that led people in the Coliseum to cheer when the lions ate the Christians.
jayparkinsonmd:felixsalmon:


The average family of 4 with health insurance from an employer now pays almost $20k/year in insurance costs between employer and employee — double the 2002 rate. Wow.
(via Health care costs for American families jump again - May. 11, 2011)

I’ve been saying this for quite some time. In fact, in 2019, given the past rate of increase, the costs will be about $28,530. Premiums double about every 8 years:

jayparkinsonmd:felixsalmon:

The average family of 4 with health insurance from an employer now pays almost $20k/year in insurance costs between employer and employee — double the 2002 rate. Wow.

(via Health care costs for American families jump again - May. 11, 2011)

I’ve been saying this for quite some time. In fact, in 2019, given the past rate of increase, the costs will be about $28,530. Premiums double about every 8 years:

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