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Americans turning to God for health care

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Opinion Zone,Cheryl K. Chumley

More Americans are praying about their health, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association – and at first glance, the natural response might be, ‘Well, no kidding.’ Where else can Americans turn for redress of Obamacare – Congress?

But no, dig a little deeper – translation: read beyond the headline – and it seems this study was actually conducted during time periods prior to passage of America’s new socialistic system of health care. Its findings are purely independent of that. And that means Americans really are praying more about their health, up from 43 percent in 2002 to 49 percent in 2007.

Except for the really rich. They’re not praying so much. Nor, the really fit.

“While prayer about health issues increased across all groups … the data indicated that people with the highest incomes were 15 percent less likely to pray than those with the lowest incomes, and people who exercised regularly were 25 percent less likely to pray than those who didn’t exercise,” reads the study’s summary.

Guess that means the wealthy don’t feel the need for prayer. They have plenty of money for health providers. And the physically fit – unlike their burger-stuffing, cake-eating, couch-centered counterparts – perhaps feel good enough they don’t have to pray. But that’s not the way of the intelligent, according to the study.

Not only women and blacks, but “the well-educated were most likely to pray about their health,” the study continues. Also more likely to pray: those who had gone through a health change, either for the better or worse, in the previous 12 months, according to the study.

“We’re seeing a wide variety of prayer use among people with good income and access to medical care,” said Amy Wachholtz, with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a lead author of the study, in a written release. “People are not exchanging health insurance for prayer.”

Good news for a nation that many see as in the throes of moral decay. Reminds of the America that used to look to God, not government, for leadership and guidance.

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