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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Window Into the Future

The problems with the U.S. Veterans Administration (the VA) giving inferior and delayed care to veterans is a good window into the future of what Obamacare will be like. Both the VA and Obamacare suffer the problem of a government-run single-payer system with no choice of doctors or hospitals, no choice of insurance companies, broken promises, lengthy waits, and bureaucratic cover-ups. Before Barack Obama was elected, we were assured by experts and the mainstream media that the VA was an American health care model for the country. The New York Times reported, "Yes, this is 'socialized medicine,' but it works, and has what it will take to solve the troubles of U.S. health care."

Obama made a lot of big campaign promises about the Veterans Administration to reassure veterans. The VA scandal is now embarrassing front-page news that he can't ignore. Now we hear that the VA maintains hidden "wait lists" at seven veterans hospitals. That's exactly what critics of Obamacare predicted will happen with any government-run health care system.

The length of the secret waiting list at the VA in Arizona is a shocking 1,400 to 1,600 patients. At least 40 veterans have died at the Phoenix VA hospital waiting for a vital treatment. Some VA patients have waited as long as 21 months to see a physician. Meanwhile, the VA claimed it was meeting its goal if it allowed a delay of only 14 to 30 days for a patient to be seen. We hear that some VA employees maintain secret lists and falsified data in order to conceal the wait times and hide the long delays veterans face before seeing doctors. Despite the problems, 12,549 bonuses totaling over $8.8 million have been paid out to reward VA employees at seven veterans hospitals.

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