Internet shares powerful message with Congress: ‘I am a pre-existing condition’

Five-year-old Jumaane Cook holds a sign alongside supporters of the Affordable Care Act.
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I have a pre-existing condition.

So do millions of other Americansand they’re sharing them online in a heartbreaking act of protest.

A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 52 million people under the age of 65 have a pre-existing condition that could have been used to deny them coverage before Obamacare.

And now Republicans in the House have passed a healthcare plan with an amendment that allows states to waive:

  • The “essential health benefits” that healthcare plans must currently cover.

  • Prohibitions on charging people with pre-existing conditions more for health coverage.

That totally guts protections for people with pre-existing conditionswhich can include anything from heart problems to cancer to depression to being sexually assaulted. To health insurance companies, those people are a financial loss, which is why they could be denied coverage if the bill passes the Senate and is signed by the president.

So, brave people shared their stories on social media to remind Republicans what pre-existing conditions look like.

There are so, so many more tweets I could include here. They’re all human beings. But to insurers, they’re pre-existing conditions.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/05/04/i-am-a-preexisting-condition-twitter/

Gordon Ramsay is in for some unsavory comments for dissing Indian snack

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Ace chef and television presenter Gordon Ramsay, who’s known for his sharp tongue, was left with a bad taste in the mouth when he tried to humor an Indian Twitter user.

The bloke, Rameez, tweeted to Ramsay asking him to ‘rate’ his food photo. Just like many users do to invite supposedly hilarious insults from the celebrity chef.

But what ensued in this case was, umm, unsavory.

First, the user’s tweet.

Medu Vada is a popular breakfast dish in southern and western India.

It consists of spiced lentil batter fried in doughnut-shaped dumplings, and is served with yellow sambar (lentil curry) and white coconut chutney (made of coconut pulp ground with other ingredients such as tamarind and green chilies.)

Then, came Ramsay’s acerbic reply.

The dig was possibly made at the utensil on which the dish was served.

But it rubbed Indians the wrong way. Angry reactions surfaced in no time.

Ouch! That escalated fast.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/07/gordon-ramsay-insult-indian-snack-twitter-outrage/