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Friday, July 11, 2014

Problems at VA Hospitals

When Barack Obama was a candidate for President, he made the medical treatment of veterans a big, emotional campaign issue and promised that his administration would address the backlog, greatly improve care, cure "the broken bureaucracy of the VA," and build "a 21st century VA." You know, “choice" is a favorite word with many liberals, but the VA problems are proving that our choices about medical care are rapidly getting fewer. There are fewer plans you can sign up for, fewer doctors you can see, and fewer hospitals you can go to.

Some investigators have reported that there are more than 344,000 claims for veterans' care that are waiting to be processed, and that it takes an average of 160 days for a veteran to be approved for health benefits. The system has deteriorated so badly that suicides by patients and by staff have become a problem. Millions of medical records at the Phoenix VA are apparently missing, and the system is reportedly 250,000 pages behind in processing new records.

These problems are not limited to just one VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, but have surfaced in at least 16 states, including Colorado, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming. As long as the Obama Administration remains in cover-up mode, there is good reason to think that this denial of care may be even worse than reported so far. So, look through the window into the future and see the government-run health care that is called Obamacare. The VA problems are exactly where Obamacare is taking Americans because the Democrats' goal in passing Obamacare was always to take us all into a single-payer system controlled by the federal government, and the Veterans Administration hospitals are the model for Obamacare.

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