Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Veteran's Administration is our Model for Healthcare

President Obama wants every American's healthcare to be administered by the Federal Government. Historically one place we can look for the model of what we can expect under the new plan is more or less the same thing that America's veterans received at the Veteran's Administration (VA).

One would think that in the roughly one hundred years that the VA has been in existence, that the major problems impacting veterans would have been ironed out. They've had a couple of world wars, a number of major conflicts and millions of patients to try out the government model on.

Last year VETERANS TODAY ran an interesting article outlining COMMON problems faced by veterans who turn to the VA for healthcare. Since those are likely to be YOUR problems under the Obama plan, let's take a look at what Veterans Today said (CLICK HERE FOR LINK):
  1. Access to specialty healthcare beyond the VA's primary physician is frequently delayed or denied.
  2. There are no appeal rights when treatment is denied.
  3. VA Clinic Managers rarely respond to questions from veterans seeking healthcare.
  4. The VA clinic's committee charged with making life and death decisions about veterans has no accountability.
  5. The system is complicated and rarely understood by veterans or the public.
  6. "Patient Advocates" work under the authority of the VA and they risk loosing their jobs if they "rock the boat".
  7. "Because of the inertia of the current system, VA management and clinical staff who are incompetent, neglectful, and indifferent to the plight of the veterans area able to hide in plain sight in the self-protecting VA bureaucracy."
Yes, the VA is the place I want to go to be treated for a problem...

Please call your senators and congressman and explain to them that you DO NOT want the Obama Healthcare Plan, which will be surely patterned after the VA and other similar inefficient, cruel government programs.


Opus #6 said...

The meat locker oicture is perfect!

WoFat said...

Obma is a wonk.

darlin said...

I wish I could give you a vote or two, it is absolutely absurd how veterans are treated. This reminds me of how Native men had to relinquish their treaty rights just to fight in Canadas part in WW 1 (possibly WW 2 ?), and there are Aboriginal men who did just that.
Anybody who is willing to risk their life for the sake of their country should be treated with utmost respect and be offered "perks" in my opinion. The more I am reading about Obama, the less I am liking what this man is choosing to do! Insanity is the first word whick comes to mind.

LL said...

Darlin, he wants to create an ObamaNation for us.

darlin said...

This is sure what it appears to be. You could always move to Canada where the government also don't have a clue what the heck is going on so they just keep in increasing their own wages and life is great for them!

Euripides said...

The comparison with the VA is perfect. I'm just annoyed that I didn't think of it.

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