Monday, June 30, 2014

Today's Supreme Court Ruling

In the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the family owned companies. I have to admit I'm a bit shocked. I get it, I'm just shocked. It was a 5-4 ruling in favor of the companies to not have to cover certain birth control options in their employee insurance coverage. I was sure that the results would be in favor of the employees.

I'm not so much upset about this specific case but the situation I currently find myself in (our insurance not covering maternity and not being able to get Medicaid) just makes me wonder what exactly the United States government wants for the average citizen.

My husband works hard every single day for the small company that his father runs. Being a small company they don't have the capabilities to offer insurance for their employees and therefore we have private health insurance. Private health insurance doesn't cover maternity care because (accident or not) it is considered an optional medical condition. Now, the rich white "Christian" politicians don't want me to use birth control and certainly they don't want me to use Plan-B. They also want me to submit to my husband because it's a wifely duty. Once I end up pregnant they don't want me to be on Medicaid, it's preferable for us to go broke paying for doctor and hospital bills. (Side Note: we're fine, don't worry, my doctor has an awesome pregnancy package for uninsured patients so we will not go broke or lose our house or have to get on government assistance. The following is purely hypothetical.) So when we go completely broke, lose our house, and get to the point that we absolutely need government assistance they can call us lazy for not working harder. How does this make any sense?

I know there are people who abuse the system but it's not fair that hard working people and people that just need a little help aren't allowed to get it. It makes me wonder when these politicians are going to draw the line. The state of Texas refused the new Medicaid expansion that was offered with the new Affordable Care Act which is the reason we didn't qualify. We were prepared for this before we got pregnant and weren't planning on relying on this however it would have helped. The more these politicians hold things back from people the more I think of this:

EDIT: Above I said that I don't like the Supreme Court decision but I get it. I'd like to edit to say I don't freaking get it at all. The more I sit here and think about it the more pissed off I get. The Supreme Court is treating these companies as people instead of the corporations that they are just because they're family owned. This is ridiculous. I used a birth control pill more for health reason than conception reasons. When I wasn't on birth control it was hell for me to get out of bed from the cramps and nausea during my period. My mood swings were insane and would have been cause for divorce. Being on the pill helped to regulate my period, tame my cramps, and balance my hormones. Yes, it prevented me from getting pregnant, but that ties into what I wrote about Medicaid and being denied help. We couldn't afford another child after paying the hospital bills from our first pregnancy. We are just now financially stable enough to have another and therefore being on birth control really helped with not being a financial burden to the state. This country is completely ass backwards about certain things and I'm getting really tired of it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Joys

I finally have a new computer! OK, well, I've had it for a week now but I'm finally writing! It's a huge change going from an Apple to a Dell but I'm dealing and learning slowly. I feel like an old lady trying to figure out a computer for the first time. The downside is I don't have a grandson I can bother for a tutorial on how to use this dang contraption!

On to the news.
For those who haven't been following me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr we have some crazy news. We're expecting our second baby blessing on December 29. Today actually marks the first day of the second trimester so the excitement in my house is growing. Little Lentil, as the baby will be called until we find out the gender, has made my life interesting for the last 13 weeks. With Gibbie I was nauseous for about 20 minutes every several days. With Little Lentil I was nauseous all day every day from about 5 weeks on until I finally gave into Diclegis, an anti-nausea medicine. Diclegis was a miracle except for the fact that it made me extremely exhausted (even on half a dose). I shouldn't complain though. I wasn't able to function without it and my doctor took pity on me and gave me 4 boxes of samples because my insurance doesn't cover maternity and the state of Texas didn't take on the Medicaid expansion (yay go us!). I never even had to fill the prescription. I took myself off of it this past weekend and I finally feel amazing.

Gibbie is super excited to be a big sister. For a while she was telling everyone that her baby brother was in my belly. Now she says it's a girl. I don't care either way. The Hubs says he wants another girl because little girls love their papas. I'd like one to like me. We're set with a name if it's a boy but we're still looking for a girl name. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Since the USA/Germany game is over and Gibbie let me watch it with minimal arguing I'd be do as promised and pop in The Little Mermaid. Happy Thursday everyone!