There’s one area in which the government has an obligation to provide medical care, and that’s for members of the military. It only makes sense. The government sends these young people off to overseas wars based on dubious premises, deliberately putting them in harm’s way. The least the government can do is to take care of them.
With all the talk from politicians and the general public with how they “support the troops,” you’d think we’d treat those veterans as well as we claim to respect them.
But not surprisingly, that’s one area where the government would rather not have to provide any kind of care. The government would rather those troops die in combat or from suicide so that they don’t have any obligation to take care of them. I think this is why they say if we want to know what Obamacare will look like in a few years, just look at the VA now.
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The Washington Times is reporting that things aren’t much better at the VA, even though a big scandal a couple years ago exposed the corruption of VA employees keeping secret waiting lists, causing hundreds of veterans to die while waiting for care. The scandal prompted then-Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign and be replaced by Bob McDonald. The Washington Times reported:
Two years after they first sounded the alarm about secret waiting lists leaving veterans struggling for care at the Phoenix VA, investigators said some services have improved, and they cleared the clinic of allegations that top officials ordered staff to cancel appointments.
But confusion and bureaucratic bungling are still prevalent, as some veterans are waiting a half-year or longer for treatment, and staff are still canceling appointments for questionable reasons.More than 200 veterans died while waiting for appointments in 2015, and investigators said at least one veteran would likely have been saved if the clinic had gone ahead with his consultation.
“This patient never received an appointment for a cardiology exam that could have prompted further definitive testing and interventions that could have forestalled his death,” the inspector general said.
The VA is still reeling from an initial 2014 report that found top executives cooked their books, canceling appointments and shifting others onto secret wait lists to try to make their backlogs appear less drastic, hoping to earn performance bonuses.