A Texas congresswoman had devastating words for her colleagues who support Trumpcare.

During the live debate over the American Health Care Act, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee delivered a furious address in an attempt to make the bill's supporters face the real human damage they might be about to cause.

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Standing on the House floor next to an image of a woman lying ill in a hospital bed, Jackson Lee, a breast cancer survivor, tore into the House Republican health plan, which could gut coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions, like Jackson Lee, and leave millions uninsured.


"This heartless and callous bill, with 24 million plus people being thrown off of their health care and reverse Robin Hood of stealing from the poor or the seniors laying in their bed where you're doing an age tax that is five times more than any other young person has to pay, that is disgraceful," Jackson Lee admonished in her fiery address.

"I don't want the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, to steal bread from the market because they don't have any health insurance," she continued.

If Jackson Lee's words weren't electrifying enough, the following speaker, Rep. Doug Collins, waved off her passionate condemnation with a sexist joke.

"If I had to defend Obamacare, I'd go into hysterics too," the Georgia congressman said immediately after Jackson Lee finished speaking.  

The responses were fast and furious.

There's nothing "hysterical" about worrying that the AHCA will raise premiums for people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by thousands — or in some cases, tens of thousands — of dollars.

That was the conclusion of the Center for American Progress, which estimates that a 40-year-old living with asthma could see a surcharge of over $4,000 under the plan, while that same 40-year-old battling cancer could be upcharged over $140,000.

One representative alone can't stop the bill — but millions of Americans might be able to.

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Whether it passes the House or not, the debate over the AHCA is far from over. For those who don't want to see it become law, call your elected officials right now and tell them how you feel.

For those determined to see the bill pass, Jackson Lee had no advice — only ominous parting words.

"God have mercy on your souls."

Update 5/4/17: The bill passed the House. Thankfully, it still has to make it through the Senate if it's going to become law. If you don't want to see that happen, now is a great time to get on the phone with your senator.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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