The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system.
The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.
The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.
They estimate this will end up saving Vermont 25% per capita over the current system, in addition to preventing some proportion of the 45,000 preventable deaths that occur annually in the US due to the inability to afford treatment.
Hot damn, Vermont, you sexy maple loving beasts.
Does anyone know anything about kittens?
I have a new friend.
Aw, s/he’s adorable! How did you get this one?
Your personality type has been calculated as INTJ.
INTJs are analytical. Like INTPs, they are most comfortable working alone and tend to be less sociable than other types. Nevertheless, INTJs are prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, or if they see a major weakness in the current leadership. They tend to be pragmatic, logical, and creative. They have a low tolerance for spin or rampant emotionalism. They are not generally susceptible to catchphrases and do not recognize authority based on tradition, rank, or title.
Hallmarks of the INTJ include independence of thought and a desire for efficiency. They work best when given autonomy and creative freedom. They harbor an innate desire to express themselves by conceptualizing their own intellectual designs. They have a talent for analyzing and formulating complex theories. INTJs are generally well-suited for occupations within academia, research, consulting, management, science, engineering, and law. They are often acutely aware of their own knowledge and abilities—as well as their limitations and what they don’t know (a quality that tends to distinguish them from INTPs). INTJs thus develop a strong confidence in their ability and talents, making them natural leaders.
In forming relationships, INTJs tend to seek out others with similar character traits and ideologies. Agreement on theoretical concepts is an important aspect of their relationships. By nature INTJs can be demanding in their expectations, and approach relationships in a rational manner. As a result, INTJs may not always respond to a spontaneous infatuation but wait for a mate who better fits their set criteria. They tend to be stable, reliable, and dedicated. Harmony in relationships and home life tends to be extremely important to them. They generally withhold strong emotion and do not like to waste time with what they consider irrational social rituals. This may cause non-INTJs to perceive them as distant and reserved; nevertheless, INTJs are usually very loyal partners who are prepared to commit substantial energy and time into a relationship to make it work.
As mates, INTJs want harmony and order in the home and in relationships. The most independent of all types, INTJs trust their intuition when choosing friends and mates—even in spite of contradictory evidence or pressure from others. The emotions of an INTJ are hard to read, and neither male nor female INTJs are apt to express emotional reactions. At times, INTJs seem cold, reserved, and unresponsive, while in fact they are almost hypersensitive to signals of rejection from those they care for. In social situations, INTJs may also be unresponsive and may neglect small rituals designed to put others at ease. For example, INTJs may communicate that idle dialogue such as small talk is a waste of time. This may create the impression that the INTJ is in a hurry—an impression that is not always intended. In their interpersonal relationships, INTJs are usually better in a working situation than in a recreational situation.
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I’m gonna weenie out of this one, sorry-
Monty is a firm believer that is you drown anything in maple syrup, it will taste better. No, seriously. One of her favorite drinks is maple seltzer.
She’d still be just as outdoorsy as an old lady as she is now.
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Monty is very laid back, but when she’s pissed, you’ll know. You’d have to try very hard to get her that angry, though.
She is a bit boyish in her appearance, especially when she was young. Because of this, she was often mistaken for and passed as a boy. It probably didn’t help that she usually wore her brother’s clothes, too.
This probably made her and MA’s kiss considerably awkward.
Speaking of her brother, Eliza is actually quite close with him. Biologically, he is her only sibling.
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Although I think that most of the states are bisexual to a degree anyway, Monty identifies as such.
Despite the fact that she used to have a good shot, Eliza has not fired a gun in many years.
She is actually very close with Connecticut. A group of colonists from CT were the first Europeans to settle in Vermont who weren’t French, so she’s known him for quite a long time.
Everyone needs to stop with this Christmas shit >:| We need to prepare for the wonderful Thanksgiving, that still exists mind you all.
MyThe holiday needs to be celebrated and shouldn’t be ignored beCAUSE ITS STILL SIGNIFICANT OK
Christmas should stay in December, really. Unfortunately, it keeps coming earlier and earlier every year. It kind of detracts from the meaning a bit, I think. Especially when it’s turned into Rampant Consumerism Day.
■ - Violent headcanon
♦ - Emotional headcanon
✿ - Happy headcanon
● - Sad headcanon
♠ - Painful headcanon
♥ - Love headcanon
♡ - Sex headcanon
☆ - Appearence headcanon
☠ - Death headcanon
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∇ - Old age headcanon
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