The health care bill passed the House last night. From a country that risked occasional dalliances with socialism, we have become one that embraces its core principles warmly. As test pilots used to say after a colossal mistake, we have screwed the pooch.
If, like me, you have steadfastly opposed this debacle, take heart. While the world crumbles economically, you and I can survive, though it will take every ounce of discipline and fortitude we can muster. Here are some things to watch for.
1) Private insurers, the whipping boys of the current administration, will soon all but disappear. A trip to the doctor will become like a trip to the post office. Need I say more?
2) Doctors will suffer, lawyers will prosper, and patients will take a back seat in the health care process. (Actually, they may be hanging on to the bumper.)
3) In about ten years, maybe sooner, the costs of this program will explode, requiring massive tax increases. As a result, productivity in this country will plummet. Widespread poverty, the likes of which has not been seen in decades, will resurface.
4) Sensing that doctors are about to bolt from the system in favor of cash-only practices, the government will implement a single-payer plan. At that point, private medical practice will essentially be illegal.
Now, what can we do to survive this? First, get your financial house in order. I do not render specific financial advice, but there are plenty of people out there who do. Learn all you can possibly learn about personal finance. It is going to get rough, and only the smart will survive.
Second, do all you can to learn and spread the word about limited-government thought. When the Big Crash comes, we as a nation will face the most important decision in our history–whether to allow a totalitarian government to sweep in and “rescue” us or to return to the principles of individualism and freedom that our Founders so wisely gave us.
Third, start making your home a place in which you can survive for a few weeks without outside contact. Canned goods, potable water, and first-aid supplies are a grand idea. And don’t forget the generator.
A couple of watershed events will signal an impending collapse. Though I hope beyond hope that we never get there, they will justify civil disobedience. One is the outlawing of private medical practice. When citizens are barred from contracting privately with doctors to cure what ails them, it constitutes a direct assault on one’s person. No one who calls him/herself a human being need obey such a law.
Another signal will be the confiscation of gold and/or silver. Precious metals, and perhaps land and other tangible assets, will prove to be the only stable form of wealth left when our fiat currency crashes. If the government tries to confiscate it, they will have demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are no longer our legitimate representatives, but petty thugs. Free men and women do not answer to thugs.
For my good friends who are for this bill, I still hold you fondly in my heart. Today’s blog is energetic and pointed for good reason. You have gotten what you wished for, and though I believe you did so with the best of intentions, you have helped usher in a calamity. Please, please get ready for it. America will need good people like you to help rebuild.