Funding Planned Parenthood

An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life.

Since we’re coming up on the near-inevitable defunding of Planned Parenthood by the current Congress, I decided to look into what that actually meant.  In 2014, Planned Parenthood received nearly $554 million in Medicaid reimbursements for services.  This is a bit more than 40% of their total $1.3 billion yearly revenue.

That’s very important money, but it’s actually.. not that much, comparatively.  There are about 325 million people in the US.  If one out of every 10 people in the US gave an additional $17 to Planned Parenthood per year, we would replace the entirety of the government funding that Planned Parenthood receives.  That seems pretty reasonable to me!

I gave my $17 a few days ago; what are you waiting for?  #17forPP

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January Stats

It’s been a hectic month – during which I apparently haven’t written anything at all (despite having my best day for views and visitors a couple weeks ago).  I had a week off in the middle of this month, which was amazing; I got to rest and clean and take care of some home projects, and then I got the house ready for eight people staying with us for the Women’s March on Washington.  I meant to write during that week, but I just wasn’t able to get to everything.

This week back at work, I’ve been feeling much more refreshed and much less stressed.  I haven’t had a good break in a long while, and my brain is functioning much better now.  I’ve rearranged some vacation time to have another week-long break in April – I’ve started adding four days to weeks where I have holidays in order to get nine days of break out of four days of vacation.  It’s pretty great, since I have limited vacation time.

When I started tracking my stats a year ago, I declared that I would be debt free by the time I turned 40.  I now intend to do that in a very different way than I did then, but let’s see how I’m progressing anyway:

INTEREST RATE REMAINING BASE PAYMENT EXTRA PAYMENTS
Student Loans 3.86% $22,264.75 $183.54 $0.00
Mortgage 3.50% $299,610.08 $2,259.03 $0.00
Total $321,874.83 $2,442.57 $0.00

The mortgage is under $300k, which is pretty cool.  We’d been paying too much into escrow, so that’s been adjusted and has brought our mortgage payment down.*  The interest rate on my student loans has gone up again, but less than I anticipated, so that’s also cool.

All told, I have paid off $16,618.77, which is 4.91% of my debt when I started tracking.  Not 1/10 of the way there, but I always anticipated paying more after 2016, so that’s okay.

I’ve been getting monetary gifts from my parents and grandparents, but I’ve been donating them to causes in which I believe rather than keeping them.  This is partially because the causes need support and partially because my family won’t take no for an answer when I tell them that I don’t want gifts.  This seems to be a good middle ground.

 

* Not shown in this chart, since I don’t include escrow in the mortgage payment here.  That’s just a recurring expense, not debt repayment.