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Peter Walker -

Very convicting. I think that our American culture is often directly opposed to helping others: we expect everyone to pick themselves up by their own bootstraps. Even if we were born with two-million-dollar bootstraps, we pretend we're all the same. "Equal opportunity."


This is no doubt a difficult, complicated, and sad problem in our country. Pitting the rich against the poor, as our elected officials are so apt to do, does nothing to help. This problem is too big to completely wrap my mind around, but it seems to me that we have a systemic problem, namely, an obscene dependence on insurance. I don't know how we got here, but the proliferation of insurance and easy credit has caused/allowed the cost of many basic commodities and services to spiral upward out of control, and with it the cost of insurance itself. As such, an increasing number of Americans are "insurance poor"...their insurance cost is driving them into poverty. And when we can no longer afford the insurance, then we are just plain poor.

I don't recall it being this way 30 years ago when the cost of medical care, cars, and TV's were controlled by how much money Americans had in their pockets, not how much the insurance companies had in their stocks and bonds.

What is the answer? I honestly don't know. One thing I am fairly certain of however-our President, Obama or otherwise, is not that answer.

Grace and Peace.

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