By Hal Walter
At some point it sunk in that I was standing high up on a ladder, hefting a chainsaw to cut a branch on a big ponderosa pine, and doing so without any sort of safety net, spotter or even healthcare coverage.
The irony was that I was performing this daring act of bad judgment in the name of insurance. Suddenly the blade upon the branch brought into sharp focus how much of our lives are spent literally working for the insurance industry. We pay for healthcare insurance, which is really “diseasecare” coverage. We insure our homes and their contents, and our cars. We insure our lives as if death were only a gamble. Some people even buy insurance for their computers and cell phones.