Poverty is enormously complex. Many Americans differ in their views of the causes of poverty and the degree to which the government should respond to it. Some people believe that poverty is a result of laziness and think that the government should not financially aid those who choose not to help themselves. Others view poverty as a seemingly inescapable cycle that individuals are born into.
Every occurrence of poverty cannot be explained by a single cause.
To reconcile different views of economic inequality and healthcare policies in America, we can begin by raising the minimum wage and by learning more about the status of inequality in our country and communities. Increasing knowledge of the struggles and circumstances of others will increase empathy and lead to more social cohesion. Raising the minimum wage will be a small step towards helping the labor of working individuals go further economically.