....is health insurance they can pay for.
Yes, I have to rant a bit. What is happening right now in our Nation is just stupid.
Personal friends of mine I've spoken to in the last two days:
- Person 1: Previous monthly premium: $500. New premium: $1200.
- Person 2: An extra $530 per pay period in new insurance costs.
- Person 3: A 26% increase in health insurance costs for him and his whole staff.
- Person 4: Struggling to find a doctor now, and a slight increase in premium.
- Person 5: A $300 increase in premium.
These people aren't theory; these are personal friends I see all the time. And they are NOT happy. For most families, these are budget wreckers.
This is what happens when government get out of its jurisdiction. Government is designed by God to "bear the sword" and provide basic justice (Rom 13:1-7). When it gets involved in commerce and taxes/takes private property (Deut 19:14; 1 Sam 8:14), it disrupts an individual family's ability to buy, sell, trade, and make decisions to care for the household (1 Tim 5:8) and take dominion (Gen 1:28). When it goes beyond taking a basic tithe type tax for jurisdictional responsibilities, begins to tax progressively, and sees as its responsibility to take from one to give to another, it steals and violates God's Law (Ex 20:15). All of these things discourage voluntary generosity and care for the poor: God's design for provision (Lev 23:22; Jam 1:27, 2:15-16).
If we don't get back to a more biblical worldview, this is just going to get worse.
Thank the Lord He still provides and helps us in difficult times. Let's continue to be thankful for what God has given AND reform our thinking.