Joel Belz

Joel is WORLD's founder. He contributes regular commentary for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Radio. Joel has served as editor, publisher, and CEO over three decades at WORLD and is the author of Consider These Things. Joel resides with his wife, Carol, near Asheville, N.C.

Unhelpful insults

Politics | God’s people shouldn’t be tone-deaf
by Joel Belz
Posted 1/06/17, 04:00 am

At the time, when he made the statement, it struck me as one of the dumbest remarks a politician could make. Two years earlier, his Republican Party had lost the presidency to Barack Obama. Now, Mitch McConnell was speaking as the Senate minority leader. “Our No. 1 priority,” McConnell said, “is to make this president a one-term president.”

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Improbable things

Presidency | Trump has brought pleasant surprises after a messy election season
by Joel Belz
Posted 12/16/16, 11:00 am

How could we possibly have known? In all the hurly-burly of the political campaign just behind us, how could we possibly have predicted the fallout with any accuracy? Our focus for the past 18 months had been on that inexplicable man with orange hair—the one who was going to go nowhere politically and who probably would pull down the whole Republican Party with him. The side effects, we were told, would be catastrophic and terrifying.

So what are the initial indicators of all those dire consequences?

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Medical mysteries

Healthcare | Impossible-to-understand bills are a prescription for exploding costs
by Joel Belz
Posted 11/21/16, 05:12 pm

If you’re still wondering just how your day-to-day life may be different because of the Nov. 8 elections, try healthcare—and all the tools available out there to cover that care.

Until now, whenever Republicans have predicted that so-called Obamacare was headed for “repeal and replacement,” many skeptics wrote it off as an empty boast. Then Donald Trump’s electoral victory, along with wins for dozens of down-ballot allies, suddenly made R&R altogether likely. Now, the revision of payment systems for healthcare is much more a “when” than an “if.”

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