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And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America

Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.

Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.

Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.

But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?

Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.

Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crook is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!

OKAY SO I KNEW THAT TECHNICALLY IN AMERICA THAT YOU PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BUT LIKE THE IDEA IS SO BIZARRE TO ME THAT I’D NEVER CONSIDERED THAT YOU’D GET… A BILL?????? FOR BEING…. ILL?????????? I LITERALLY DON’T

how can anaesthetic cost that much??

how is this legal??

WHAT? And I thought having to pay £7 ($11.55) for stronger prescription allergy meds instead of £4 ($6.60) for the less effective store-brand ones was ridiculous.

You have to pay for the ambulance!?

This is JUST the ambulance. With insurance.

send me some countries!

  • America:

    What is your favourite place to eat?

  • Australia:

    Do you have any quirks when speaking?

  • Austria:

    What kind of person do you wish to be?

  • Belarus:

    Is there anyone you love? Family, friends, romantic interest?

  • Belgium:

    What do you think of your siblings?

  • Botswana:

    Do you like to sing? Why or why not?

  • Bulgaria:

    Who do you consider close to you?

  • Cameroon:

    Describe your culture.

  • Canada:

    Favourite wintertime activity?

  • China:

    What was the best moment of your life?

  • Cuba:

    What sort of grudges do you hold if any?

  • Cyprus:

    What hands-on activities do you like (drawing, carving, building, etc.)?

  • Denmark:

    Do you wish for something of your past?

  • Egypt:

    Do you stand up for what you believe in? How?

  • England:

    Are you controlling?

  • Estonia:

    Do you think people often misunderstand you?

  • Finland:

    What do you prefer, kindness, sternness, or apathy?

  • France:

    How do you show love for those you care for?

  • Germania:

    What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do?

  • Germany:

    Do you have a hard time forgiving yourself?

  • Ghana:

    What is your favourite sport?

  • Greece:

    Do you let other help you when in need?

  • Hungary:

    Who is the person you trust most?

  • Hutt River:

    What is the most memorable dream or nightmare you have had?

  • Hong Kong:

    Do you fear death?

  • Iceland:

    Do you hide your real personality? Why?

  • India:

    How important is family to you?

  • Japan:

    Tell us a secret about yourself.

  • Kenya:

    What is your favourite wild animal?

  • Korea:

    What is one thing you accomplished by yourself?

  • Kugelmugel:

    Is there anyone you have a love-hate relationship with?

  • Latvia:

    Do you believe you are brave?

  • Ladonia:

    What is the internet site you visit most often?

  • Liechtenstein:

    How do people underestimate you most often?

  • Lithuania:

    Do you desire power?

  • Macau:

    What is your favourite festival or celebration?

  • Molossia:

    Do you consider yourself strong?

  • Monaco:

    Do you think you are a lucky person?

  • New Zealand:

    Would you rather be an elf, dwarf, Hobbit, or wizard?

  • North Italy:

    What is your least favourite part of your personality?

  • Norway:

    What was the most disappointing time in your life?

  • Netherlands:

    Most generous thing someone has done for you?

  • Poland:

    Hardest thing you have gone through?

  • Prussia:

    Would you prefer to live forever or die alone?

  • Roman Empire:

    How would you like to be remembered?

  • Romania:

    What is something you are very ashamed of?

  • Russia:

    Have you ever suffered from low self esteem? Do you still?

  • Sealand:

    Who is your best friend?

  • Seborga:

    What is your favourite beverage?

  • Seychelles:

    How do you handle people being rude to you?

  • South Italy:

    What is your favourite part of your personality?

  • Spain:

    What would you tell to the person or people you hurt most if you had a second chance?

  • Sweden:

    Are you a leader, follower, or independent?

  • Switzerland:

    Would you consider yourself evil, good, or neutral?

  • Thailand:

    How good is your poker face?

  • Tibet:

    What do you value most?

  • Taiwan:

    What do you think of the people or person who raised you?

  • Turkey:

    Would you ever want children?

  • Uganda:

    How would you like others to see you?

  • Ukraine:

    What is one thing that has made you stronger in life?

  • Vietnam:

    What is something you are proud of about yourself?

  • Yemen:

    What kind of art do you like?

  • Zimbabwe:

    Who is your favourite character from any folklore?

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The Human Touch: Hetalia Bridges the Gap

What I’ve found is that sometimes it’s hard for people to get excited about history. Many feel like history is an impersonal subject and that countries are just lines on a map. And that’s because many people can’t connect with history because history lacks a personal touch—a human touch.

For a government class, I have to do a reading on The History of the Peloponnesian War. I don’t want to read that. It’s not a long reading, but it’s more than two pages, so it gets a big “nope” from me.

And as I was looking through this textbook, I found myself wishing there were Hetalia characters that directly represented Sparta and Athens, so that maybe I would actually enjoy the reading a little bit.

See, Hetalia creates that “human touch” that history usually lacks. Hetalia gives a human face and human emotions and human ambitions to a country that before was simply a geographical location. Hetalia bridges the gap between historical events and what it means to be a person with feelings and desires.

Civil Wars are no longer just battles that tear a country part from inside, they are battles that tear a person apart from inside—battles that manifest in the inward struggle and conflict of a human being (the personification). And we, as other human beings, can relate to that.

It is one thing to read about the American Revolution in a history class. But it’s another thing to watch the Hetalia episode and physically see the pain on England’s face and have it hit you that this is hurting him. Your heart stops then aches when you think about how Russia—no, Ivan Braginsky—was left defeated and alone after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These images cause fans to suffer and feel in ways they probably would never have if they had merely read a historical summary out of a textbook. 

Hetalia was never a way to gloss over war or sugar coat history. Hetalia was a way to make you want to rip out your heart for things you didn’t give much thought before, to make you laugh and cry and feel sincere, profound emotions about historical events that barely mattered to you before.

Hetalia has always been, and will always be, a way to make history move you.

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#this is why i love hetalia #not because of the gay countries #though that is a part of it #but because it makes everything seem that much more personal #i can relate to the characters more and i want to learn about them #the fact that they’re (mostly) immortal just makes it all that much sadder

I feel like adding something, even though the post is already perfect.

I am lucky. I always loved History, also because my mom teaches it and gave me all the passion about it, about seeing how much there is “behind” only a series of number and events. Not everyone is so lucky. A lot of people didn’t have a person telling them about how much a King suffered or why a war was important or the real - hidden - reasons about some important revolutions, nobody ever show them how much History is about us all. Maybe they are still teens and their History Professors just want them to fill a test, take a good makr and never show their face again. For those people, Hetalia si a goddam miracle, because before they didn’t care about something and probably they would have a big big  “black hole” about a lot of stuff that actually still influences their/us lives. Now they want to learn a lot. Maybe with a Numbertalia, I would have been good at math.

Maybe it’s because they like a fictional character. Well, who cares? The reasons sometimes are not so important.

What’s important is finding the Beauty in every thing in the world. Also in a maybe boring book.

This made me tear up, guys. This is so beautiful.

Hetalia has given me the chance to relate to country personifications and just love the way that they interacted with each other.

Let’s not forget the most important aspects of Hetalia

  • It promotes learning about other cultures
  • It encourages interconnectedness
  • It encourages people to look on the brighter side of things.
  • It promotes world peace.

For something that a lot of people think is all just silly fun and games with gay countries and silly antics, we all know it’s so much more than that.

This post is so beautiful.

You know, Hetalia is a way better show than people give it credit for sometimes. Some people say bad things about it because it’s not accurate or offensive or just another pointless cartoon.

But Hetalia is a whole lot like School House Rock or Bill Nye. It’s a fun way to learn about something and it gets stuck in your head so the next time you hear about The Italian Wars or Prussia or Sealand, you can say “oh I know that!”. You also find yourself wanting to study more about it. You go look for books or look it up online to see if it is accurate and what do you know— America actually DID order 25cm condoms from Russia!

But it’s also short enough to leave you wanting to learn more, and to capture your attention. Some people have trouble with watching an anime that is 30 minutes long with 100 episodes or so. These are 5 minute bursts and each minute has something new going on, and it may take some time and some rewatching, but you finally GET IT and it’s awesome!

The best part are the characters, because they are made of clever stereotypes and all those seemingly-offensive puns are so well put-together, it can actually create a legit personality. You can find yourself thinking of yourself or your friends. Maybe you have a stiff German friend, or a tough-as-nails girlfriend who you knew since you were a kid, or a grumpy brother who swears a lot. The best shows you can watch are the ones which you can identify with, and even if your friends don’t see your logic if you say “you’re so much like Japan” or “you’d totally be Poland”, you can see it and it makes you happier.

It’s clever, it makes you happy, it helps you to learn, and other people may just see some weirdos shipping countries, but we’re actually a lot smarter than given credit for, especially since happiness can lead to success

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