The Fall of an Empire...Right Before Our Eyes
I am saddened today, as are most Americans, to learn of the passage of the Healthcare Bill by the US House of Representatives. From an eternal perspective I guess I am lucky; after this life, I will always be able to tell the story of how I saw the day and the hour when the Great American Experiment began to be dismantled. I can't help make the parallel between the United States today and Empires of old. I feel like a Roman who was alive to see the day when the great empire went into decline.
I went to the post office today and when I saw the flag I was saddened. We’ve let that great proud flag down. That flag that has represented so many generations of those who understood and comprehended the meaning of the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers made to free their children from tyranny and oppression. The founding fathers’ understanding of government was unmatched. Yet, today’s politicians consider themselves superior to the old fuddy-duddies who fought, protested, resisted, revolted, drafted the great Constitution upon which hundreds of other constitutions have been modeled, and finally died for freedom from government intrusion into their lives.
They mock the founders for not abolishing slavery, yet they never stop to think what other generations will think of us, the generation that kills millions of unborn children. I often wonder what the generations to come and the generations that have been will think of a nation who not only aborts children, but uses public funds to accomplish the task.
We have let the proverbial enemy through the gates. Shame on us!! Shame on us for not doing more to stop what started with the New Deal and has, to some degree, culminated in yesterday's vote. But what do you expect from a nation where a staggering amount of its citizenry sucks on the tit of entitlement? What will “free” healthcare cost when our entitlement-minded population busts down the hospital doors for treatment of any and all ailments? Think of all those people who now will rush to the hospital that would have thought twice about it if it were on their own dime? What will happen to our great nation when the haves don't have enough to give to the have nots who demand what has become their right to receive? Can we borrow much more and still survive? Will we lose our sovereignty to other nations who demand payment of our debt?
We have literally killed incentive. There is no incentive to become a doctor, much less a specialist. There is no incentive to research new drugs. There is no incentive for insurance companies to reduce premiums. There will be no incentive to provide good customer service once the government is involved. There will be no real and effective appeals process once the government takes over. There will be no incentive for private insurance companies to continue.
Your life and well-being will not be considered on a case by case basis according to your doctor’s recommendations. Our ailments will soon be numbers matched against a government chart. Our care will depend solely on that determination if anyone wishes to get paid.
Your government will get to know you much better. In time, they will have access to your health records. They will know if you carry health insurance and send the IRS out to kindly make sure you keep it. They will decide what care you receive and whether your contributions to the state will be sufficient to warrant providing care. If you have cancer but are otherwise healthy at the age of 35, you will receive care. If you have cancer but are otherwise healthy at the age of 67, you will not.
There will be only one answer to how we will pay for this bill…taxation. I’m sorry but the money must come from somewhere. And when you offer something for free, costs to provide that service must go up. My only solace today is that I know there is a God. I know He has a plan. I know that man’s work is frustrated not God’s. I know that if I am faithful to the plan, all will be well. Save it were for that…I would be in despair.