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  1. In the US, most homes have at least one pet and the two most common are cats and dogs. Many cats and dogs require special care as they age and more and more cases of diabetes and other on-going, lifelong illnesses are being observed in both dogs and cats. I know there are insurance options and care cards out there specifically for animals but do you think this should be covered in standard insurance? To me, it would make sense to include this.
  2. I am trying to find some lessons, views, and different information when it comes to digital art. I can't afford to go back to school right now to pursue it so I have to rely on what I can find online. Does anyone know of any free online courses or just general lessons I can pull inspiration from so I can grow as an artist?
  3. I believe if it is legal by the state, the child is treated no differently than had the parents had their own child physically. Both parents are allowed to fight for custody, if one should choose not to have anything to do with the child, they will still have to pay child support in most states. As for the scams you mentioned, I believe a couple needs to be married for a number of years before they can adopt which prevents this.
  4. My insurance has gone up and down over the years. The cheapest it ever was for me was in 2017 and 2018. I am not sure why this is or what happened there but since 2019 and especially now in 2021, my monthly cost for the same coverage I had 4 years ago is 35% higher.
  5. I don't know much about marriage laws but I do know there is some mess to the process and divorce can be a complicated matter. I am wondering if things have been updates at all since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in the US. I am having trouble finding information on it.
  6. Healthcare for all in the sense that it would be free? There is no way to establish this without it costing billions and people losing their jobs. I know a lot of people like to compare the US and the UK when it comes to healthcare but their free care is taxed and doctors do not make nearly as much in the UK as they do in the US. Also, for any kind of special care, you wait weeks to months to see a doctor and anything outside of basic care needs to be addresses through private healthcare which is extremely expensive. I would much rather have insurance.
  7. For those who have a retirement plan and things of that nature, it already is free. Both my parents no longer pay for insurance because it gets taken out of their retirement funds they get each month. For those that don't have this though, I think there should be some kind of safety net to take care of minor issues but you can't expect things that are very expensive to be free for everyone. The government doesn't pay for this, we would be paying for it.
  8. I think boredom inspires me in this sense. If I get stuck doing the same few things over and over again, I get bored and find myself getting tired and just stuck so I try something new to liven things up. Can be as simple as a new restaurant or cooking a new meal, or it can be going to a new place for a vacation.
  9. I have a co-worker who is always inspiring me to do more with my life. She is always on the move with things and she keeps everything in her life so organized. Anytime a problem comes up, she solves it with little to no help from anyone. She inspires me by just being who she is which is pretty amazing.
  10. Inspiration is something that can be difficult to maintain than general motivation but they are very similar. I think finding your inspiration for something helps to power you through new growth which thereby also serves you as motivation. I know the pandemic has not made things easy but restrictions are letting up so maybe try being in new spaces or visiting new places. Go to a new park, or try some new food. You would be amazed by what little can inspire your creativity!
  11. I said something similar in another thread. I agree with this. I think basic care should be free but there should be strings attached to it. Like the once or twice a year check-up and maybe making sure you make healthier life choices like no excessive drinking or eating fast food more than twice a week. That would need a lot of detailing and work though to be fair for everyone.
  12. Do you mean churches that take donations and then pay for people's medical costs or specific clinics that allow anyone to go but a church pays for everything? That is where I am confused. Either way, this is not something I have heard of in my area. I know there are schools that are funded by churches but not hospitals.
  13. I think in most cases, yes. The reason why lawyers get involved is to ensure everything is on the table and things are separated fairly. I think this also prevents going to court later on and the process taking a lot longer. Lawyers speed everything up.
  14. I work for a hospital as a nurse and I have heard from patients saying that they have had terrible experiences at other hospitals and clinics. General neglect, nurses and doctors being rude or not very understanding, and some have said they have been physically treated wrong. I would have never thought this was the case in hospitals in the US so it shocks me. What have your experiences been where you live?
  15. Sure! I don't think it was intentional though. I guess I am similar to Casey where I became inspired through watching how her life turned around. She was in a bad place without a penny to her name just 5 years ago and now she is married and owns a house with a child on the way. A lot can change in 5 years!
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