Man, I just can’t sleep.
At any rate, last night I watched the House of Representatives vote as it occurred. At about 9:45 pm, the “health-care” bill passed, and I wrote a vehement note on Facebook that if Obama signed this bill into law, I would drop my health insurance rather than comply with an illegal Federal mandate.
I’m now rescinding that decision.
I know that very, very few people read this blog or give a hoot what I think. I know that some people will read this and think that I’m a coward who caved on his convictions when he finally took the time to consider the consequences. That’s fine. Those who know me personally know that I’m hardly one to be put off by the threat of physical or financial hardship, and those who’ve deployed with me know that the threat of legal action won’t deter me from doing what’s right (Prison? Hell, have you met my ex-wife? FEAR HER STEREO.)
The fact is, on the off chance that anyone cares or, God help me, wanted to join me in dropping their insurance, that it would actually be counter-productive. Not only am I not actually “obeying the Federal mandate” (I’m not buying health insurance; I already have it), but in dropping my insurance I would be taking money away from the working Americans in the insurance company, and FUNDING the very tyrants whom I oppose (via the penalty which will be applied to uninsured individuals, which will not be applied to any insurance coverage).
It pains me to have voluntarily contracted my entire adult life to allow myself to be put in harm’s way to protect the world from tyrants, only to have tyrants take over my own country through a dishonest back-door. However, I’m a big enough man to admit when I’m wrong (unless it involves asking for directions), and my quick decision on Facebook was poorly-considered. Here’s to the United States of America using this debacle as a rallying cry for freedom and common sense.