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Finally, he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia. The disease is degenerative, and he will become steadily less able to care for himself. At some point, as his medical needs multiply, he will probably need to be institutionalized.
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But, she said, the hospital staff members explained that they had seen it all before, many times. She would face a bleak retirement with neither her husband nor her savings. A complicating factor was that this was a second marriage. She and her second husband had a prenuptial agreement, but that would not protect her assets from his medical expenses. The hospital told M. For five years after any divorce, her assets could be seized — precisely because the government knows that people sometimes divorce husbands or wives to escape their medical bills.
View all New York Times newsletters. I asked him what he thought of this. He can still speak, albeit not always coherently, and he paused a long, long time. Long-term care constitutes a difficult and expensive challenge in any health system. But the American patchwork, full of cracks through which people fall, has a special problem with medical expenses of all kinds bankrupting couples.
A study reported in The American Journal of Medicine this month found that 62 percent of American bankruptcies are linked to medical bills. These medical bankruptcies had increased nearly 50 percent in just six years. Astonishingly, 78 percent of these people actually had health insurance , but the gaps and inadequacies left them unprotected when they were hit by devastating bills. But she worries that the authorities will come after her if they realize that they divorced not because of irreconcilable differences but because of irreconcilable medical bills.
There were awkward questions from friends who saw the divorce announcement in the newspaper. A study by the Institute of Medicine , a branch of the National Academy of Sciences , found that lack of health insurance causes 18, unnecessary deaths a year.
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So, for those of you inclined to believe the worst about President Obama , think it through. Suppose he is indeed a secret, foreign-born Muslim agent who is scheming to undermine American family values while killing off as many grandmothers as possible. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. New book defends divorce from traditional religious ideas, allowing guilt to be softened and emotional energy to be reserved for solving practical issues. Has religion over influenced public opinion on marriage, divorce and remarriage? How does the Bible see divorce? What did Abraham, Moses New book defends divorce from traditional religious ideas, allowing guilt to be softened and emotional energy to be reserved for solving practical issues.
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What did Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Paul have to say about it? Ennis Pepper, the author, experienced divorce as a teenager when his parents broke up and at other times through other family members and friends. As a minister he witnessed the haranguing troubled couples experience when considering divorce and the rejection they experience should they get one.
And with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree and more than 25 years ministry experience he is able to address this topic confidently with both a biblical and practical perspective. And since the divorce rate is reaching all time highs there is no indication that the general population lacks the courage to initiate a divorce so why bother defending the issue? Those getting divorced, however, are dealing with two kinds of pain: the pain of a failed marriage and the pain of negative public opinion. Failure in many areas is allowed for, even encouraged but not in marriage.
If you fail in business, no worries, pick yourself up, learn from the mistake and apply the lessons going forward. Bankruptcy laws even soften the after effects of a failed business. If you fail in school you are still given a do-over to get it right the next year and applauded if you do well. We know that people learn from their mistakes.
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They are wiser afterward so we encourage this recovery process except when it comes to marriage. Failure in marriage is not allowed and in some circles punished severely. The author gives reasons for that to change. If we listen to them rather than dismiss them we can gain insight from their experience. Though the author defends divorce he is not encouraging anyone to rush into one. He simply argues that divorce, though difficult, is not a sin so he challenges traditional ideas - encouraged mostly by religion - about marriage, divorce and remarriage.
His view is marriage isn't always an antidote and divorce isn't always a poison. He also doesn't glamorize divorce, disparage marriage or encourage anyone to be casual about intimate relationships. He does, however, argue that marriage is the foundation of human society only when it works reasonably well. When it fails badly, divorce is one part of the solution and shouldn't be disdained, disallowed or penalized afterward.
The book points out that: Good marriages happen with or without the blessing of the church. Divorce can be abused but was intended to be a solution not a sin. Jesus is the Savior not marriage. Abraham got divorced. Moses legislated a no contest bill of divorce,.
Paul allowed both divorce and remarriage. And Jesus didn't disagree. This book won't tell you how to initiate a divorce or avoid one but it will help you live with one. Get A Copy. Publishing first published June 26th More Details Edition Language. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.