One of my junior high students was complaining about learning history. Of course, I explained that “those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it”. We discussed at length some of the societal trends and events that repeat throughout history, as we do not necessarily learn the lessons. I taught him how to make history come alive, how to makes sense of the names, events, and data.
We discussed the importance of really learning about current events, and not just taking the media’s word for it. You see, each writer and media outlet has a voice and vision. The best of them do try to remove bias. However, a certain level of bias is inevitable, as we each do see the world and events through our own filters. These filters are the result of our own experiences and interpretations of the world around us. None of us is perfect.
A few days ago I started to observe the interchange of commentaries and ideas revolving around healthcare and the healthcare act in the U.S. I had read quite a bit about the controversy and about the government shutdown. I had read select excerpts of the Affordable Care Act (which some call Obama Care). However, these excerpts were used to argue specific points.
It hit me yesterday that I was avoiding some work on the issue. Have I read the actual 906 page act? Of course I haven’t. Was I going to allow myself to fall short of the standard that I set for my students. No! I have started to read it. I am putting a link for it here. https://www.healthcare.gov/where-can-i-read-the-affordable-care-act/ This link will get you to 3 links. The links give you 3 PDFs. One is for the non-certified version of the law. The second is for the certified version of the law. The 3rd is for the certified version of the Reconciliation Act.
I have started to read the certified version of the Affordable Care Act. I am on page 46. It is detailed, dry, and has many references to other laws, agencies, and portions thereof. Thus, it is a bit slow going ~ especially since I do not have knowledge of those references. I will have to find them as well.
I will keep you posted ~ I want to know what the law says. I have had my fill of what the politicians, lobbyists, and media types SAY it says.
Just wanted you to know that I am trying to be the most authentic me that I can be.