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Thread: This article is good overall on the ways we unconsciously keep ourselves from managing our emotional lives, and with it, our overall mental health and wellness.…
That said, I have some things to say about the pathway to mental and emotional health and wellbeing write large, and how we as a society, not just as individuals, place roadblocks in the way
Articles like the one I cited are great. At the same time, we can't "read" our way to emotional health. We can't study to get there, or at least, concepts/ideas/insights/study are not enough. Early in my clinical training I learned how "insight is not curative," and it's true.
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#M4A won't overturn the #ACA, which is a law regulating insurance. It is not insurance. It regulates #Medicare plans as well as #Medicaid. The ACA protects people with #preexistingconditions & protects women, because being female was a pre-existing condition before the #ACA.
It's been nine years since the #ACA became law and even the person who was VP when that happened still doesn't know what it is and what it does.
The ACA saved lives by giving people access to health insurance. It saved my life. It will not be ended by #M4A. Only by the #GOP.
There is no reason to pit #M4A against the #ACA because they are apples and orangutans. The ACA made affordable healthcare accessible, but IS NOT INSURANCE. Private insurance won't end with any #M4A plan. ACA governs Medicare as well. So it needs to be maintained & strengthened.
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Excited to have several entries in The Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability from 3 different publications.
Attention to #disabled journalists writing #disability stories is paramount when the CDC says 1 in 4 Americans has a disability.
Most often it is non-disabled people writing the stories of #disability and #disabled people, which means everything is seen through the lens not of disabled people but of non-disabled people viewing disability. Quite a different POV.
Just the way non-disabled people have reported on the primary and the candidates provides an entrée into what I mean: How many of the candidates are addressing THE largest minority in the country? Z E R O.
And one candidate, Marianne Williamson, has a complicated history on this.
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I have spent half my morning fighting for a heart medication I have been on since I was 22 because chronically ill people are expected to do battle with insurance companies and #BigPharma every day so CEOs can spend their summers in the Hamptons.
Fix this, America.
Pharmacuetical companies should not be allowed to jack up prices on drugs that have been around for decades and/or create fake scarcity just to pad their top executives' incomes.

Do not delude yourselves that this money is going to R & D-- it's not.
We aren't getting new and better drugs, we are getting renaming of old established drugs. This bait and switch is killing sick people.

No one wants a chronic illness. It can derail your life. The additional stress of fighting for care is a crime against humanity, pure & simple.
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In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Gabbard, who doesn't want to be held accountable for her actual votes to harm LGBTQ people, says Harris should be held accountable for her work as AG. Gabbard says that Harris is resorting to "cheap smears" about her.
Gabbard AGAIN refuses to call out Assad and refuses to acknowledge that he is a dictator or mass murderer. AC pushes her and she says it's a deflection and she says we have troops dying in Syria.
Gabbard says #M4A is wrong because it takes healthcare and choice away from people.
None of this is progressive, btw.
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Why healthcare is incapable of reducing its own costs:
A tutorial system analysis
#M4A #UHC #healthcare #healthcarecosts @ASlavitt @boltyboy #futurist #healthcaredebate #healthforall
The health insurance industry's hired guns cry that Medicare For All (or any universal healthcare) would "crash the system" and "destroy healthcare as we know it."

They say that like it's a bad thing.
They say we should trust them and their cost-cutting efforts to bring all Americans more affordable health care.

We should not trust them, because the system as it is currently structured economically is incapable of reducing costs.

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#Sanders and #Biden have both been on #Medicare for well over a decade.
Didn't they every look at what it is?
Medicare has parts A, B. C and D.
Everyone has to buy a plan in addition to what the government provides.
So this is actually exactly #Medicare--for all....
Parts A, B, C and D. Parts A & B are known as Original Medicare. This is the most basic coverage you can get. Parts C & D are available through private health plans. They're both ways to enhance your health care coverage if you want more than what Original Medicare offers.
Medicare has several parts. Part A covers your hospital care. Part B is for your medical care or doctor visits. Part C, which is an alternative to Parts A and B covers both your hospital care and doctor visits. Part D is a prescription drug plan. -…
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I have excellent health insurance.(Tricare- socialistic gov’t run) My husband recently had a surgical procedure and I was billed for nearly $300 from the hospital’s pharmacy, so I called and requested an itemized list of meds since we’ve never had to pay for meds before.
I checked with my insurance company and they claimed to have paid for all the meds related to my husband’s care.

More than 20 days later, I haven’t received the hospital’s list but I went ahead and paid the bill because I didn’t want to pay a late fee. I didn’t flinch over $300.
I understand that an extra few hundred dollars could be catastrophic for some folks.

So here I am, needing to pay money (even when my husband and I are covered by excellent health insurance), not knowing what the hell I paid for.

I was told over the phone that the bill
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So @JoeBiden has derailed the primary to be all about him because he is plummeting in the polls. He is claiming @KamalaHarris blindsided him about an issue he raised and which @CoryBooker, @ewarren and Harris had all called him out on a week before the debate.
#Biden took to TV for a special one-on-one interview of the sort Trump got regularly in 2016, but which @HillaryClinton did not. In that @ChrisCuomo interview Biden claimed he was a victim, demonized both #Harris and @AOC, and got no hard questions about his record from Cuomo.
#Biden claimed the debates were all about the past, which they were not, and revealed that he is against every major initiative Americans overwhelmingly want, like #M4A. Biden failed the debate so he took a re-test with the MSM & also misrepresented Harris and ignored Booker.
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This interview!
Apparently there's no one under 65 on Biden's team with any influence to tell him that 71% of Americans support #M4A among other things.
Exclusive: Biden expresses skepticism of Democrats' leftward tilt and AOC's mass appeal…
#Biden seems not to have even read the demographics from 2016 or the issues voters prioritized in 2018 (climate, healthcare, immigration, guns). He resorts to referring to AOC as "bright" but "not representative," which is how he famously referred to Obama in 2007.
#Biden also says he wasn't prepared for #KamalaHarris to come after him because she knows him & knew his late son, Beau. (He needs to stop using Beau for sympathy points. He should reference his living son, Hunter, who gave a heart-wrenching interview about his addiction.)
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Bad enough @POLITICOMag publishes @SykesCharlie's fallacious article, but failure to label it OPINION is malpractice. After decades leading GOP off a cliff by peddling voodoo economics & corporate-rigged trade, anti-choice/anti-union Sykes is now determined to ruin Dem party. 1/7
“Annoyingly out of touch” @SykesCharlie fails to grasp Trumpism as a symptom of the deeper rot he helped create: decades of #Establishment in both parties abandoning workers & families in favor of corporate socialism for their donor-owners. 2/7
Best antidote to Trump’s fake right-wing populism is true progressive economic populism—policies that directly benefit workers & families by prioritizing #PeopleOverProfit and #PeopleOverParty. 2016 should have taught us that chasing the mythic “center” is a losing strategy. 3/7
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.@laurapdavison misleads readers about #MedicareForAll by cherry-picking one conservative study & misrepresenting @SenSanders #M4A plan. Please issue a correction @business @maryad5 @TimothyBLavin @fdwilkinson. 1/5

Here are the facts:…
While federal spending would increase under Medicare-for-All, studies show that most households and employers will enjoy a savings. This is continually overlooked or ignored by the media. 2/5
The additional federal revenue for Medicare-for-All would come from a variety of progressive taxes, not an equal flat amount from each person and not solely by taxing the wealthy. 3/5
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There's a misconception going around that Bernie is too leftist to win...lemme debunk that real quick.
GOPers call everything that isn't wildly right winged socialist. You could run a Dem with Ronald Reagan's policy & they'd get called the second coming of Karl Marx...
That said, Americans want certain policies enacted to make their lives easier and more enjoyable. For example, over 70% of Americans support Medicare for all...& over 50% of REPUBLICANS support it.
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Hello twitterverse! PolitiFact is covering #TrumpRallyOrlando tonight, live fact-checking @realDonaldTrump's campaign launch from Amway Center. Stay tuned:
The last time we fact-checked an event like this was Trump's first rally since being cleared of criminally conspiring in Russia’s 2016 election interference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.…
We also live fact-checked Trump's 2-hour speech at CPAC in April. He stayed on relatively firm ground when talking about the economy. But on immigration, abortion and the Democrats’ Green New Deal, he took liberties with the facts.…
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Response to #Biden skipping the California Dems is scathing.

Biden's "refusal to show up only reinforces the idea that he’s an elitist and he is more interested in collecting big checks in CA than being in genuine touch with grassroots activists."…
#Buttigieg and #Warren took Biden on.
Buttigieg said that "the riskiest thing we could do is try to play it safe.... In these times, Democrats can no more promise to take us back to the 2000s or 1990s than conservatives can take us back to the 1950s.”…
#Warren: “Some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks & nudges.If they dream at all, they dream small.Some say if we’d all just calm down, Republicans will come to their senses. Our country is in a time of crisis. The time for small ideas is over.”
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We’re LIVE at our UW town hall! Tune in and hear how I’m fighting for the people of Washington’s 7th district. 💻:…
WA-07 is one of the most engaged districts in the country. It really matters that you're engaged and that you're paying attention.
Our office spends a lot of energy, effort and time. Please know that on anything related to a federal issue - we can help you navigate that!

Last year, we served over 1,500 individual constituents and got $1.6 MILLION dollars back to our constituents!
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Why did you tell @MeetThePress that women are having sex-selection abortions and that "was a matter of concern" and would have to "be dealt with"?
Because that's a right wing canard and you just agreed with it.
MTP: Are you at all concerned, though, about this idea that people may try to worry about the sex of a child or essentially --
SANDERS:I mean, that's a concern, yeah.
MTP: Are those type of restrictions on abortion something you're open to?
SANDERS:Well, that’s not a -- I wouldn't use a restriction on it. That's an issue that society has got to deal with. And it is of concern.
MTP: How would you deal with that in the law?
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I am one of 17M Americans with #cancer right now.
Some of us will survive, some will not.
Our survival should not be predicated on our health insurance.
#M4A is an imperative step toward universal coverage and keeping us all living as long as possible.
Every candidate must support #UniversalHealthCoverage. Access to care is the single most important issue for all Americans regardless of party. EVERYONE has a family member who's sick: parent, spouse, child. No one should face bankruptcy to care for a loved one.
My father's final illness bankrupted me. I got sick soon after. This is a common story. But unlike our peers in Canada, UK, France or Germany, we have no recourse but to accrue massive hospital bills and risk losing everything to care for a sick loved me.
#M4A is a promise.
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The GOP is still determined to end access to #healthcare for millions of Americans like me with #cancer and other life-threatening #PreExistingConditions.

Trump joins #antivaxxers to attack #Obamacare… via @thinkprogress
Also, before the #ACA (also known as #Obamacare, which is a law not insurance) became law, women paid twice as much as men for health insurance, pregnancy was a #PreExistingCondition, mammograms and PAP tests were out-of-pocket expenses and 60M Americans were uninsured.
The #ACA has expanded #Medicaid in many states, created the healthcare marketplace which shows people a range of options within their states for affordable healthcare & it has saved millions of lives.
ACA will still be law after #M4A because it's essential healthcare protection.
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For the past week I have been incredibly unwell from this illness yet having to work because we don't have an NHS in this country and I just want to slap people who think #M4A is too much because Biden said so.
Just saying.
You can't imagine how awful it is to not have options. You can't turn down work no matter how sick you are because you need every ridiculous amount of money people will pay you because your health insurance premiums and medications cost a freaking fortune.
There are things we need from the next Democratic president, whenever we get that person. And this attitude that it doesn't matter is just false. It matters if you are poor or sick, a woman or POC, #LGBTQ or #disabled. Policy matters. Platforms matter. I can't write this enough.
Read 3 tweets a lot of folks are flummoxed about why Biden is able to retain such a huge lead with some Black Democrats, in spite of his history of shady conservatism.

In this thread, I'll give you my own cracked theory on why that might be.
Aside from the old conservative guard of the 1% who finances conservative Democrats regularly from Scoop Jackson to Bill/Hillary Clinton and so on, Biden's core strength seems to come from two sectors of voting Dems: affluent feminists and older Black folk.
The latter group tends to be much more conservative socially, almost as much as the Religious Right, who tend to favor Democrats only because the GOTP is owned by White Nationalists. They tend to back more conservative White Democrats in order to maintain their local privileges.
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Ten #MMT tips to remember on #TaxDay:
1. Federal #taxes don't fund federal spending, so let's #decouple these two important tools.
2. Taxes offset #Government spending.
3. It's a matter of #logic: #dollars must be spent into existence (by the Gov) first, in order for us to use some of those $ to pay taxes
4. #Taxing for #revenue is for local states/municipalities, not the #sovereign issuer of the #currency.
5. Taxing excessive wealth protects #democracy from #Oligarchy and protects us from abusive market power
6. Taxing #pollution & #speculation to reduce such activities, not to "fund" #healthcare and #education.
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More of @/karolcummins sowing seeds of doubt and division by amplifying post of fellow #TeamPatriot connection @/Counterchekist, adding her own bits - notice the commenter seems puzzled for good reason - then used the Politico article to round things up.
Remember, Politico recently compared Trump to John F. Kennedy.

And notice how Politico chose to characterize Congresswoman Omar in image two.

Does Politico have a "thing" against Democrats? See image 3.
Framing the @justicedems as EXTREME left and opposite the extreme right GOP on the "horseshoe" is a common theme with @/karolcummins & #TeamPatriot.

Here, Karol is "teaching" us about the big, scary "CONTROLLED OPPOSITION" conspiracy by the "INSURGENTS!" OMG! 😱

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