Throughout 2017, the Washington Post has been running a monthly series on Americans living off of Disability InsuranceThe series has been sobering to read and I honestly believe close to 50% of the American population will be living in some form assistance due to a combination of  lack of jobs, environmental disaster, and illness.

The latest article focuses on people dying while waiting to be approved for disability. Fair warning, the article is at times graphic and is unflinching in its portrayal of poverty in America. As hard as it is to face, it’s time for us to start taking a hard look at the issues of the poor. Because, let’s face it, most of us are a major illness or a job loss away from living in poverty.