Oct 25 2009

Your Government at Work. And You Want To Trust Your Health Care To Them?

We’ve all heard of the bird flu. It was going to mutate into a form that could be easily transmitted from person to person, thus killing millions, if not tens of millions, of people. So far (fortunately) that has not happened (although it certainly could). But, last year we were struck with a new flu scare, called swine flu, or H1N1. While most of us call it swine flu, the “government” is very careful to tell us that it is not “swine flu”, it is “H1N1″. Whatever! We all know what we mean. I am not sure why the government does not want us to call it “swine flu”, but I suspect it is related to the fact that people (as mandated by the Egyptian government, for example) have been slaughtering pigs for a while now, in fear that that they could spread the disease. The spread is really not related to pigs, however. It is related to humans. While humans can give the flu to pigs, and pigs can give it to humans, it is rarely transmitted by eating pork from infected pigs, unless it is not adequately cooked.

Anyway, the government announced, in September, that they were on top of the problem. Don’t worry, we will protect you! (“CDC: H1N1 flu vaccine to be ready by early October“) Now, we are told that the flu vaccine will not be available for at least another few weeks. So far, only 15 million doses have been made available. To make matters worse, I have heard that you need two injections to get full immunity. (This may have changed; I’m not sure.) Obviously, the quantity of injections necessary to attain true immunity will not happen before the end of the year, if it even occurs  by then. In the mean time, swine flu infections have skyrocketed. As the graphs show, the rate of infection, and the number of deaths,  in the United States, have risen dramatically in the last few weeks. The reaction of the Obama administration has been to declare a national emergency. What else would you expect? They mismanage a known threat, and then declare a national emergency to deal with their mismanagement. But, it is even more sinister. Once a national emergency is declared, the federal government can do pretty much whatever it wants, to “lessen the effect of the emergency”.

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The above graphs were prepared from data reported by FluTracker.

If you have not set up your life in such a way that you can live without leaving your home for at least 12 to 20 weeks, you had better be prepared to live in a government compound of some sort. Perhaps the declaration of a national emergency is the forerunner to Obama activating his “Civilian National Security Force“.   It is possible, maybe likely, that most, if not all, essential services may go away if swine flu really takes off, forcing people to stay home either because they are sick, or they fear getting sick. If that happens, stores will not have food, since there will be few working truckers to deliver it, and power and other essential services may fail, or be highly unreliable, since there will be far fewer people to maintain and service the vital infrastructures. We all saw how well the government cared for  people during hurricane Katrina. The painful fact is that the only, real, purpose of the government is to provide for the defense and safety of the people. But, as we have seen in many natural disasters, including Katrina, the government is not prepared to protect the people, and it has no intention to do so, unless putting everyone in a detention center is the government’s way of “caring”. (You had better believe that it does have plans to protect itself, however.)  If you are not personally prepared to “weather the storm”, by having  enough food and other essentials on hand to stay home for several months, you may be in trouble.

One other interesting aside. I had started to hear that because of the hype of the swine flu, many people were rushing to get their seasonal flu shots. While this might be good, in one way, it is bad in another. I got my seasonal flu shot around the middle of October, and was told that the store would run out of flu seasonal flu shots the following day. While they normally get two allocations of seasonal flu shots, so they can give the shots through February, they are done for the season, and it was only mid October. They cannot get any more seasonal flu shots, because the supplies have run out. Personally, I don’t normally even think about getting a flu shot until November or early December, and I know a lot of other people are like me in that respect. If you have not gotten your seasonal flu shot by now, chances are you will not be able to get one. So, we could end up in a situation where many more people than usual get the seasonal flu, since many people who should have gotten the shot probably did not, since many people who probably were not at high risk got the shot, instead, due to the panic instigated by the government. Thus, clearly the government mismanaged the situation by not anticipating the needed quantity of seasonal flu shots.

Thus, here you have more evidence of government mismanagement. And, taking over health care is, after all, about management. Do you really want an organization that has proven itself, time after time, to be totally incompetent, managing the entire health care system?

We are doomed!

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