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* Kelly McCullough: The Affordable Care Act & Making Your Living In The Arts
The Affordable Care Act will almost certainly save the lives and/or livelihoods of people who are my very dear friends. Lives is obvious. Livelihoods a bit less so. Let me elucidate: medical bankruptcy, like all bankruptcy, treats copyrights as assets. Get too sick without proper insurance and you lose control of your life’s work. Further, I have friends who have died because of things that might not have killed them if they’d had this level of insurance.
Kelly says it very well here. This is a personal issue, because I personally know people who will die without health care they can afford.

* Ten Degrees Hotter: WiC (Women infants Children) Nutrition Programs To Be Affected By Shutdown: Food Apparently "Non-Essential"
I'm lucky. I've never known real hunger. I've never had to choose between feeding myself or my child. Or worse, not having any food to make that choice with at all. But I might have, if it weren't for the WiC program, short for Women Infants Children, a food and nutrition program which provides supplemental food vouchers to low-income families so they can eat. When I needed WiC, it was there. But due to the government shutdown currently keeping nearly 800,000 government workers home without pay, there will be new and expectant mothers who will be faced with hunger for themselves or their families as the program falls in with the countless other government-funded initiatives that are closing their doors. Some states have reserves that will last at most two weeks. Other states have already instructed WiC workers to stay home.

* The Atlantic: The Saddest Paragraph You'll Read About the Government Shutdown Today
With NIH furloughs, children with cancer are being turned away from clinical trials.

* Houston Press:
Despite Glitches, Houstonians Are Flocking to the Obamacare Exchanges

"Who benefits from Obamacare?" asked Martha Vasquez-Delgado on Facebook. "Me, I have a pre existence condition called Multiple Sclerosis, my medications are $4000 a month. Yes, a fucking month .And we just switched insurance. Thank you, President Obama. And forget you opposers."

* The Atlantic: The Two Basic Facts That Should Be in Every Shutdown Story
1)If the House of Representatives voted on a "clean" budget bill -- one that opened up the closed federal offices but did not attempt to defund the Obama health care program -- that bill would pass, and the shutdown would be over. Nearly all Democrats would vote for it, as would enough Republicans to end the shutdown and its related damage. (And of course it would pass has already passed the Senate, repeatedly, unless the minority dared filibuster it, and would be signed by the president.) For illustrations of the wanton damage, see here and here.

2) So far House Speaker John Boehner has refused to let this vote occur. His Tea Party contingent knows how the vote would go and therefore does not want it to happen; and such is Boehner's fear of them, and fear for his job as Speaker, that he will not let it take place.

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