Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald said that since Disney doesn’t consider their long wait times as a measure of success, the VA shouldn’t have to either.
At a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Secretary Robert McDonald made these comments:
“When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience? And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”
Erick Erickson of The Resurgent pointed out that Disneyland alone sees 16 million people a year, over twice as many as the Veterans Health Administration sees. Erickson continued:
“Those people are processed on the days they get to Disneyland and get through what they want to see. Some pay extra to get special sherpas through the complex. But the people don’t wait around for months on end.”
For years, the VA has been under attack for their long wait times that have led to many veterans’ deaths due to their not receiving healthcare in a timely manner.
A couple years ago, CNN investigated one VA center in Phoenix, Arizona where 40 veterans had died after waiting on “secret lists” for months:
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 people say if we want to know what Obamacare will look like in a few years, just look at the VA now.