this went thru my mind


Election: What Election? by Ted Gossard

“… the politics with which I’m concerned and want to be about is that of the kingdom of God come in Jesus.”

Health care: * Romney’s Sick Joke; * 5 Things to Know About Health Care Post-Debate

* “‘No. 1,’ declared Mitt Romney in Wednesday’s debate, ‘pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.’ No, they aren’t — as Mr. Romney’s own advisers have conceded in the past, and did again after the debate. … What Mr. Romney actually proposes is that Americans with pre-existing conditions who already have health coverage be allowed to keep that coverage even if they lose their job — as long as they keep paying the premiums. As it happens, this is already the law of the land. But it’s not what anyone in real life means by having a health plan that covers pre-existing conditions, because it applies only to those who manage to land a job with health insurance in the first place (and are able to maintain their payments despite losing that job). Did I mention that the number of jobs that come with health insurance has been steadily declining over the past decade?”

* “In the debate, Romney said 10 times that Obama was paying for his health care package by taking the money from Medicare recipients’ pockets, cutting $716 billion out of the program. … Dozens of bipartisan fact-checkers say that number, often repeated by the Romney/Ryan campaign, is misleading. … Obama’s health legislation does not mean people will see cuts to their benefits. Hospitals and health care providers will, but that’s what they agreed to in exchange for the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that people have health insurance. If more people have health insurance, hospitals will have to care for fewer of the uninsured. Uninsured patients cost significantly more to care for than patients who are insured.”

Homelessness: Homeless Are Fighting Back Against Panhandling Bans

“According to a report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty that examined 188 cities, there was a 7 percent increase in prohibitions on begging or panhandling between 2009 and 2011. ‘Our sense is that cities are responding to the increasing number of chronically or visibly homeless people due to the economic crisis,’ said Heather Maria Johnson, a civil rights lawyer for the group. ‘Rather than addressing the issue of homelessness, they are adapting measures that move homeless people out of downtowns, tourist areas or even out of a city.'”

Hospital visitation: Hospital Visits by Ben Siburt [required reading]

“Always remember we are there as vessels of God’s Presence and not to justify our own. Our justification and calling comes from God and from the power of the gospel working through our gifts as well as our weakness. The hospital room is not about you.”

Reading: Want to Read Faster? Stop Saying The Words in Your Head As You Read by Melanie Pinola

“When you read, do you hear the words in your mind or even subconsciously say them under your breath? Break this one habit, called subvocalization, and you can double or even triple your reading speed. … One simple way is to preoccupy your mouth. … So chew some gum, hum, or eat lunch while reading and you may find yourself going through a ton of reading material like never before.”

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