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Affluent Christian Investor | August 23, 2017

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Posts ByJ.K. Wall, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

March 21, 2017 |

The Eternal Glory of the Daily Grind

Work can be hell.

We do the same tasks over and over. And after we struggle and stress, even our greatest accomplishments fade quickly away.

We’re like Sysiphus, who the ancient Greek gods condemned to roll a stone up … Read More

January 6, 2017 |

What Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Reveals About Christ and Culture

I have been enjoying the new Netflix Original series “The Crown,” which vividly dramatizes the change experienced by Elizabeth II immediately after she became queen of England.

Before she received the news of her father the king’s death—at a … Read More

October 13, 2016 |

Our Bad Theology, Not Their Bad Politics, Is Destroying Religious Liberty

In America today, freedom of religion is being narrowed to merely freedom of worship.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last month explicitly recommended a legal doctrine that “distinguishes between beliefs (which should be protected) and conduct (which should conform … Read More

September 28, 2016 |

Want to See Miracles? Look at the Marketplace

When Christians think about work, they often get stuck on a theological see-saw.

At times, church work is valued most. Other times, office work is raised up in importance.

These priorities bob up and down in most Christians’ minds, particularly … Read More

September 23, 2016 |

Your Work is How People See God

In all ages of human history, belief has required sight.

It is true now in our scientific age, in which we demand observation and quantified data before we’ll accept anything as fact. It has been true for centuries in … Read More

September 5, 2016 |

Can Capitalist Pigs Be Pious Christians?

 

The world of business has a bad name because most people—including those running businesses—don’t know why they exist.

In a 2011 survey by Rasmussen Reports, 64 percent of Americans thought the primary objective of businesses should be to create … Read More

February 3, 2016 |

Trump’s Drug Price Plans Show the Furor Isn’t Going Away This Time

Donald Trump’s proposal to allow the federal Medicare program to negotiate prices with drug companies should be a wake-up call for the pharmaceutical industry.

Trump is leading in the polls for the Republican nomination and is even drawing the … Read More

December 30, 2015 |

Obamacare Incentives to Raise Prices

If the mega-mergers among health insurers are allowed to go through, it will create insurers with more bargaining power that can hold the line on prices paid to doctors and hospitals.

At least that’s been the standard rationale given … Read More

December 1, 2015 |

Health Care Regulations Are Out of Control

Anyone who works in health care will tell you—the regulations are out of control.

For proof of this assertion, just look at the oft-used chart below, which shows the long-term growth in jobs in the health care sector for … Read More

November 5, 2015 |

One Way Health Care Exchanges Are Failing

Donald Trump has been screaming about premiums going up this year for Obamacare health insurance policies.

But he should see what happens when they go down.

That’s what has happened in Indiana, where average premiums for 2016 health coverage on … Read More

October 9, 2015 |

Obamacare Initiative Could Be Funneling Patients to Lower Quality Hospitals

The main way the architects of Obamacare hoped to reduce health care spending was to encourage doctors and hospitals to work together to keep patients healthy.

Those elements of the Affordable Care Act—known as value-based payments—have sparked or sped up … Read More

September 29, 2015 |

Surprise! Health Insurance Mega-Mergers Are Actually Signs of Improvement in Broken U.S. Health Care System

Over the past 60 years in the United States, health insurance gradually stopped being about insurance and health care gradually stopped being about health.

But recent changes are begging to reverse those damaging trends—especially the rising prevalence of private … Read More

September 23, 2015 |

What’s Ailing U.S. Health System? Health Insurers Don’t Sell Insurance and Hospitals Don’t Sell Health

With merger-mania set to shrink the big five American health insurers to just three, many folks have speculated the United States is on its way to a single-payer system.

“Bernie Sanders and the leaders of the health insurance industry … Read More

August 4, 2015 |

How Medicare Ruined Health Care Billing, and How Hospitals Are Starting to Fix It

The Obama administration proposed last month that the federal Medicare program make one bundled payment for each joint replacement surgery performed in 800 hospitals in 75 U.S. metro areas.

This is the most significant thing that’s happened in the U.S. … Read More

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