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From NPR News: 5 Key Takeaways From The GOP Health Overhaul Plan http://n.pr/2mHAKSD

That article is helping *this* lowly worker better understand what the GOP plan does.

Seems like it tries to cut poorer people out though. Lets those more well-off save more. “Survival of the Fittest/Let Nature Take Its Course” feel to it; if you’ve “made it”, you don’t have to turn back around and help those further down. Hoard what you’ve got, hoard some more. “He who dies with the most, Wins!” (God doesn’t let you take it with you, though. I’m sure it’ll factor into the Judgment.)

Proverbs 14:31 “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth Him hath mercy on the poor.”

Note to self: need to ask H.R. some questions about pre-tax charitable deductions again.

(I let my monthly donation to Wounded Warriors end after the scandals about mismanagement of funds, and rather unhumble, profiteering salaries. Just compensation is one thing,…)

(The advertising I’m seeing for St. Jude’s might be the way to go, helping the kids, the parents, as well as advancing scientific research and medicine. I’m a Deist with Christian leanings, so it appeals on a lot of levels.)

(No, I’m not ‘Mr. Moneybags’. I’m just a blue collar schlub, pretty sure my boss and coworkers hate me and think I’m useless, but for whatever reason they won’t fire me. So, I try to be productive, and I should get back into charitable giving. Right thing to do, even if I could get booted out at any minute.)

(FYI/TMI: I’ve never been a ‘people person’; not out-going, not a good judge of other people’s intentions, but trying like heck to not slide into the abyss of cynicism. Hard to do when no one thinks much of you, and you’ve always been a laughingstock and easy target for the more-aggressive types all your life any way. I’m weak, and it’s Animal Nature and a fundamental Human Instinct to want remove weakness from “the pack”, as a way to conserve resources, sustain certain advantages only Strength can provide. Mercy and Compassion are higher order concepts that fall away when resources get stretched, especially at the societal level. Charitable giving is how i can try to keep my compassion and hope for humankind, even if it feels like I’m always seconds away from being cut loose and left for dead.)

Edit: Thank you, Internet —

Proverbs 22:9 (New International Version) “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”

Always hinted to me “taking care of”. I believe that should include access to affordable quality healthcare.

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