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  •  Ah, the old days which weren't so good. Only (5+ / 0-)
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    "spinsters" could teach! Of course it meant a job for a woman who needed to support herself in a time when there were many fewer jobs for women. I'm glad times changed.

    It kinda sounded like your brother voted Republican since he never got any help ;).

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 09:53:33 PM PST

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    •  Oh, yeah, and he was against Obamacare (6+ / 0-)

      because the $100 fine was too low for people who didn't get insurance. He said that meant "poor people" would never get insurance, they'd just take the fine and expect free care when they got sick.

      You see, to his mind, poor people (like me, who hasn't had health insurance since 1997!) don't have any "reasons" to have health insurance -- you know, 'cause why on earth would I want my own doctor, right?

      As if we like that feeling?!

      You know the one -- when you know something is terribly wrong and your only resource is WebMD? Like that time when I spent two days doing research to see if it was safe to take antibiotics sold at a feed store for livestock? (It is, BTW. I got better.)

      My brother just doesn't get it. And he gets all indignant and steely-eyed when I tell him how truly, fucking terrifying it is not to have access to a doctor. He can't fathom it. He's never lived it, therefore I'm "being dramatic" when I try to change his mind about it.

      We don't talk much. I don't feel like I'm missing much.

      •  Wow! He sounds positively Dickensian. It sounds (2+ / 0-)
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        like you've managed pretty well and have been extremely lucky so far. Too bad your brother can't appreciate what a resourceful sister he has, because he is missing a lot.

        I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. Will Obamacare allow you to get insurance, or is it still too expensive? So many people just don't realize how expensive it is to be poor.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 10:58:12 PM PST

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      •  give him this bit of headstone wisdom (3+ / 0-)
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        from a tombstone:
        As you are, I was
        As I am, you will be

        It only takes one CVA to take you from a six or seven figure income to the public dole.

    •  they also lived with students' families (2+ / 0-)
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      so they would have a male influence in their lives

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