Hello, friends and fam! Here’s the scoop with Pre-existing Poems!
I (Maggie) have been abroad for the past month, and will continue to be abroad for the next month. I haven’t always had consistent access to WiFi, and also as more and more outrageous news broke in the United States (stuff regarding Russia, stuff regarding LGBT rights violations, recently the horror of Philando Castile’s murderer being acquited), the focus on healthcare has gone by the wayside in the popular eye. I went from receiving two or three submissions a day to nothing at all. However, the danger of the AHCA has not gone away.
In the latest news, the Republican Senate’s version of the AHCA would allow for immense cuts to basically everything, but is different from what passed in Congress in some ways. Check out this Business Insider article for a breakdown of what’s in the Senate’s proposed legislation. For another take, head to The Atlantic, which also has a pretty thorough rundown.
If you’re a fan of this project, if you’ve contributed before and you’d like to again, or if you’re a newcomer, please consider submitting something. I’d love it if I could publish as aggressively as I did in our first couple of weeks, but I’ll be happy if I can get two to three new works up a week from here on out. And I love to hear from you, too!
Much of my time the past week has been spent trying to spread awareness about the tragic forest fires here in Portugal that began on Saturday night in Pedrógão Grande, which is not too far from where I am staying. Latest news is that the fires are finally under control, but in the meantime 64 people have died and over 250 have been injured. While none of my relatives nor I were injured, one of my cousins lost a close friend in the fire. This tragedy has been on the news constantly here in Portugal. Please keep us in your thoughts.