The VA Scandal: How Long Can They Wait?

The VA Scandal: How Long Can They Wait?

Another week, another scandal, this time the VA Scandal, brought to you courtesy of the Obama administration.

As Rand Paul said about the VA scandal when interviewed by Fox News:

“Waiting lists are inherent to government medicine so they really need to explain not only the problem in the VA system but is this going to happen to the rest of us when the government takes over medicine in America?”

Indeed, it sounds like a no-brainer if you’re living in the 21st century and you have at least a vague idea about what’s going on in the world today.

The lesson that must be learned from the VA scandal is that every single time the government is interfering in what should be a private business, things tend to go horribly wrong, and I’m not playing with words here.

I mean, the government can’t properly manage a cash for clunkers program. Now we are supposed to believe that Obamacare will provide affordable, high quality health care for millions of people?

Just take a look at the VA scandal and judge for yourself.

Rand Paul was realistic when he said that people tend to abuse freebies. It’s similar to the government spending more and more money on a program that just doesn’t work, regardless of the huge amounts of taxpayers’ dollars that are pumped into it. He mentioned Canada and UK as examples, where they have a similar system (government-subsidized healthcare) and waiting lists and rationing are business as usual.

And it’s not a matter of money or resources. Paul Gigot notes on “The Journal Editorial Report” that the VA administration increased its spending nearly 100% in the last 10-12 years, even if the number of patients only increased by 30%.

And thus it was created, a huge self-perpetuating bureaucracy, an immense centralized health care system, run by the government, with over 300,000 employees and basically, impossible to manage due to its sheer size.

It’s madness on a national scale and problems can’t be solved just by firing a few people. That’s a red herring.

Bureaucracy is a hydra. It doesn’t have a head, nor a center. The problem is the system itself, you can’t repair it. It must be shut down and replaced with something else.

Of course, there are a few “goodfellas” (read: corporations) who benefit from the goodies offered by a government-subsidized healthcare system. But it’s a big club, and you ain’t in it, as George Carlin used to say.

What are your thoughts about the VA scandal? How can we find a solution now for our veterans? Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Written by Chris Black

(Photo courtesy of christine.gleason, via Flickr CC BY 2.0)

 

 

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