Nov. 20th, 2014

exiles

Nov. 20th, 2014 11:13 pm
thene: PROTIP do not fuck with Minette (minette)
dear god I left for London over a month ago? and got back nearly 3 weeks ago? It's been one of those rare phases when people haven't been burning me out; I've not had enough time with anyone, not least as there are so damn many human beings I need to do human being things with. And then write. I'm past the teethgritting and into the part where the fangs sink in, finding new soft points in the underbelly to bleed words out of. Few hundred words here and there, backwards from the point where it all falls apart.

you should know: if I told you to come stay in my spare room for a while, come stay in my spare room for a while. Just tell me when you want it before too many prime chunks of next year are claimed. We've had six houseguests so far since we moved here in March, may be up to 7 by end of the year. Gull's in and out over the next few weeks (currently off down the coast, but she'll be back again Saturday), and we've been spending evenings pootling around the kitchen and sharing exciting stories about living with hoarders. Profoundly unexciting stories about trying to get on with life while there is always stuff in the way and everything is full of weevils.

Really makes me realise how much I am loving this absurd amount of space that I can let people I like do whatever with. It's not that it's worth remembering the weevils (or any of the other things I just deleted), just that it's amazing what you can do without weevils so I may as well do it. One of the prime functions of weevils is preventing anyone from sharing anything with you.

Next thursday, we are having the Happy Genocide Day party at Ting's house because Ting is allergic to my house. Gull is making frybread and Choctaw hunter's stew, and pumpkin pie because why not. Ting is making Chinese hotpot. I am making people uncomfortable.
thene: Frank at the end of TTS, with his facemask open. (frank)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/19/obamas-order-wont-extend-obamacare-to-undocumented-immigrants/

^^^in headlines like this, 'undocumented immigrants' often means 'all immigrants'; in this example, it definitely means me. This is how the Good Immigrant Bad Immigrant game works.

I signed up for an ACA plan in the last enrolment period back in spring. I was told that even though I was not applying for any subsidies I had to wait, because the shitty website couldn't verify that I was a Good Immigrant. So did my husband, because he's married to an immigrant. I got a letter in the mail requesting more documentation, which I submitted; we never heard anything back.

Saying that some people cannot legally buy a thing creates an opportunity for gatekeeping. The gatekeeping will be used to keep even more people out, because patriotism!!! It's most obvious with jobs; where some people are illegal workers (please pause to try to imagine how we came up with the idea of illegal work; it is the most lolwat thing ever), no one has any labour rights. The gates can be slammed at any time.

The US tax code is lurking around in an insidious fashion. Since Nixon (at least), the tax code has been used as the US's benefits system. The ACA is only the latest benefits system to be bolted to the tax code even though it has no business belonging there. The continual tension here is that undocumented immigrants pay taxes. (I love reminding people of this). If people you don't want are paying taxes and the tax system is also the benefits system, you have to create specific subsystems that render those unwanted people ineligible for the benefits part of the tax system. There has to be a gate or something awful might happen, like people being able to access healthcare when they get sick.

The whole disaster of public health in America is due to people deciding that some people don't deserve to access medical care. I'm apparently one of them. The cherry on the cake is that this whole beautiful thing gets framed as 'how dare immigrants come here to receive the glorious benefits of this health system' when in reality, this shit sucks compared to what you get where we came from. In every country where any of us came from. (Almost). We have all made our compromises, and having to deal with the shit factory that is US healthcare delivery is a massive sacrifice we've all made. We could have had universal care for life but instead we're here for some godawful reason.

What you're really all scared of is that we'll start telling everyone that.

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