Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Health Insurance Rant

I know that a lot of people are in a worse situation than me but, this is my blog and I rant about minutiae if I want to! :-P

The thing is, my student health insurance sucks. It is mandatory for me, as an International student, to have the University health insurance. They take about 2,000 off of my stipend to pay for it. The insurance doesn't have dental or vision coverage. Also, there's limited prescription coverage. What that means is; birth-control pills are not covered. Where is the logic in that? College girls should be able to get birth-control pills for a copay or very cheap. The pills that I got prescribed are 90 dollars per package so, pretty much 100 dollars a month once we add taxes. I really don't think it is affordable for a college student or a grad student, like me, to pay that. I would have to cancel my dental insurance and my internet to afford that!

I'm trying to be a conscious, careful woman that rationalizes the possibilities of a pregnancy at this time and decides to avoid it. But, damn, right now I'm sure I'm not the only one pondering if I would be able to afford the pills for a long time. Yes, I know condoms are cheaper but, they are a little less reliable. Germanman and I decided to use both methods to be very safe.

There is something else I don't understand. There are brand-name pills in Mexico, that are almost the same formulation as the ones I'm taking now, that cost 85% less money! In Mexico, even without insurance, birth control is affordable! That makes me facepalm myself even more when I see how many of my cousins have gotten pregnant out of wedlock. The solution for me might as well be to buy those pills in Mexico but, I have to talk to my doctor first.

Rant is over, I shouldn't complain that I have to buy birth-control pills, that means I have a guy! jajajajajaja

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mexico's Independence Day

Today/tomorrow (exactly at midnight) Mexico celebrates 200 years of Independence. I know a lot of people are saying that we shouldn't celebrate because the country is in a state of war. To those people I yell at: VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!

The fact that some regions of the country have a lot of violence doesn't diminish one bit our Mexican pride or, at least, mine. Yes, I am proud of being Mexican. I'm proud of the Mexican culture, we have archeological ruins that do not ask anything to the most renown Egyptian pyramids. We have natural parks unique in the world. We still have a lot of natives that have preserved their ancestral language.

I raised in the middle of a big family that keeps staying close despite internal feuds, generational gaps and distance. I grew up surrounded by love. After losing my Dad I had 5-6 father figures in my uncles and Tata. I was raised listening to Mayan fables like the rabbit on the moon and romance stories like the legend of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. The story of the foundation of the Aztec empire and its capital, Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), is so ingrained in us that is part of our flag. Our National symbols, the flag, the seal and our National Anthem are respected above anything else. I was the flag carrier during 6th grade and it was one of the biggest honors I have received thanks to my brain.

Our flag colors symbolize hope (green), unity (white) and the blood of those who died for our country (red). Mexico's history is not 200 years old. Our ancestors walked our land long before that. Today we celebrate that history and the bravery of those who died to free us from Spain, France and the US. We should not prevent ourselves from celebrating because of our opinion of the current government. We should re-take our country and combat all those people that are giving it a bad name. We should remember that "el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz" Benito Juarez; "respecting others' rights makes peace" Benito Juarez, one of our best Presidents. If there is someone that can change a country, that's us Mexicans! Take inspiration in those who fought to free our country and make your voice be heard! No more Mexican blood being shed because of drugs! No more women killed in Cd. Juarez! Justice for our 49 angels from Hermosillo!

I leave you with my chest full of pride and a video that shows the beauty of Sonora, my home state. VIVA MEXICO HOY Y SIEMPRE!