Health insurance coverage compared to political views by state

Yes, red states have fewer people covered. Some have even turned down Medicaid expansion even though the fderal government would pay for most of it,

Anti-smoking commercials

The one I remember is from the 1960s with William Talman who had been on the Perry Mason TV program and who died soon after the commercial was filmed. This tweet reminded me of the commercials

We didn’t know how bad smoking was until the Surgeon General’s report in 1964. I had pot before tobacco. I only smoked about 15-20 cigarettes ever and never bought a pack.

America’s low life expectancy

Female patients and people of color are more likely to have their symptoms dismissed by medical providers

Ordering eyeglasses online

I ordered eyeglasses online for the first time at the end of 2021. I got them from Befitting. I am very please with them. I didn’t want to get them from a store where I would be around people and trying on glasses others had handled. The place where I get my exam also sells glasses.

Befitting informed me that I needed the pupillary distance measurement which was not on the prescription. The eye care place said I had to come in to get it; they wouldn’t give it to me over the phone. I downloaded free rulers and tried them but they gave implausible low numbers.

I finally bought this, got a good measurement, and got my glasses. Did you know that there are measurement numbers on the inside of glasses frames? I didn’t. The numbers from my last two pairs helped me select the size of my new ones.

The bottom line is to make sure you get your pupillary distance number because it may or may not be on the prescription.

Loneliness and the pandemic

Many Republicans are now opposed to all mandatory vaccines in schools

Do they want childhood diseases to come back? Look at the poll linked to in the comment by Harry Enten. In 2015, support for mandatory vaccines in school was 78%. The decline in support is part of the damage the Trump cult has done to our country.