Here is Government run health care!

How quickly we forget. We have a system of government-run health care already up and running in this country. And it, for the most part, sucks. Remember back in 2007 the exposes of Walter Reed Hospital where the government administers health care to our heroes? Need a refresher?

Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army’s Top Medical Facility

Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan’s room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

Do you think it got fixed after the 2007 expose and all the “hearings?”

Pentagon limits law’s pledge to its wounded veterans

Veterans groups hailed the passage last year of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which made it easier for wounded soldiers to have their injuries rated and treated by the federal government.

But less than a year after President Bush signed the bill, the Defense Department interpreted the law in a way that reduced its scope and denied many veterans the benefits they thought they had been promised.

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But Congress did not explicitly include in the bill a definition of combat-related operations, leaving it to the Pentagon to make that determination. The result was Mr. Chu’s first memo, issued in March 2008.

Once again- non physicians making decisions. Similar to the 2000+ page bill the government is trying to force down our throats wherein the Secretary of Health and Human Services will have broad authority to define various aspects of the law.

And lest we think that all are equal, the military is just as backwards regarding care of female soldiers.

Female Veterans Fight for Healthcare

The VA starts to adjust a system designed for a male military

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Accountability Office report released this month found that two of 19 facilities audited did not offer even basic gender-specific services like cervical cancer screenings, and none fully complied with the VA’s policy on privacy for female veterans. Overall, “none of the facilities had fully implemented VA policies pertaining to women veterans’ healthcare,” the report said.

Time after time we have seen the news articles and stories on the fights our veterans go through to get the care they deserve. The pitifully poor conditions at the VA facilities. The trauma of the soldiers and their families as they go through months and months trying to negotiate the paperwork and processing to get treatment.

Now- are you SURE you want government-run health care???

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9 Responses

    • So you would prefer to have the likes of Kathleen Sebelius deciding if you are really sick according to some arbitrary government standard?

      Let me guess- you voted for the inexperienced, unqualified selectee too.

      Wake up! Special deals for big insurance and pharmaceutical companies is not in the best interest of the citizens of this country. If you want socialized medicine- try talking to a Canadian or European citizen- you want to wait 6 months to a year for gall bladder surgery because it is considered elective?

      You want rat infested hospitals? With wall paper peeling and mold?

      Get over the obot talking points and READ that monstrosity!
      Start over and get us a bill that works for We, the people!

  1. Anyone who wants the garbage that POTUS is cramming down our throats is either very young and healthy or has never worked in the health care industry for any extended period of time.

    I am in the health care industry. It has been long in the making. Both sides are offer nothing. No torte reform? No anti trust law against health insurance? Why?

    This junk proposal that is being offered is worse than what Medicaid offers now. Medicaid is considered garbage.
    If you are on Medicare and have the privilege of having Tricare For Life, you are ok. I believe that will go away in time as well. FYI Medicare pays 23 cents on the dollar to physicians depending on locale. The other 2 cents is paid by Tricare. It doesn’t matter what one bills because everything is already priced.

    I am so frustrated when I hear people rubber stamp this trash. No one in the medical field will tell you about the whole picture and who ties whose hands. What numbers are watched and how important are you to the whole picture. I take to task that sham of POTUS’s utopian health care committee that pews the most ridiculous recommendations out. Since when does academia actually know what happens in the “real” world?

    Insurance is NOT a right in this country. As far as I am concerned, the only right that we have when we are born is to free air. That is it. The rest is a blessing to achieve everything that we want. It is wrong to crap on our military. They have placed their lives on the line so that we, private citizens have every opportunity to benefit in a free society.

    Stop the illegal immigration free for all mentality. Why does an illegal alien get “free” healthcare and a soldier who is wounded in combat get crap? I am sick of the entitlement bs for everyone. If the Dems want that, then sign up every crosser and place them in the Army. Their kids as well when they turn 18. Let them work for the benefits, just as we do. Equal opportunity for all.

    • Sorry about the rant, but this ObamaCrapCare makes me boil.

      • No worries! Rant on! And call your Congress critters! I called and e-mailed mine this morning. Though Specter is going to toe the party line if he wants the DNC to help him in his re-election bid.
        I certainly do not want this monstrosity-
        Can they ever learn to speak and write in short, clear concise sentences? Quit with the loopholes already.

        And medicare SUCKS! that’s why seniors have to buy supplemental insurance!

        I agree- tort reform, take away anti-trust exemption- AND take away all the special deals! No union deals, no ins lobby or pharma deals.
        Plain straight forward legislation applying equally to all CITIZENS!
        They insist the legislation does nto cover illegals- so are they doing away with the er’s must treat everybody rules?
        They really really think we are dumb and “not interested in process”- Oh really? keep on keepin on with tht one and we will see them at the polls in Nov.

        • I am chaffed to no end. The AMA is filled with students, residents, academia and young starting physicians. They gave this turd’s plan the okay because they don’t practice in the real world.
          Many docs left the AMA long ago due to these shenanigans. The head of the AMA hails from here and he danced, pranced, flipped and somersaulted over so many of the “devil details” by stating that docs would get shafted worse if they didn’t take the deal. Extortion is all I can think of. Chicago politics at its best.

  2. Can we please send oilsoc right back to Chicago with axelrove and then sell the damn place to some other country? Cheap?

  3. Socialized medicine is not the answer. Funny how Americans feel so entitled to the best care in the world, yet they seem to have little understanding of the cost, direct and mostly indirect, that it takes to deliver what we have. It is far from perfect, but it does not seem to deter those from other countries from availing themselves after traveling long distances. And it certainly makes people in this country have a certain level of expectation of care. The reality is that it costs a lot of money. Even assuming government was to attempt to provide health care coverage, everyone should be well aware that the level of care will not be Mercedes Benz for all, as it largely is right now. And that it may well diminish to Pinto levels, HMO style. The cost of those burgers is going up to pay for the worker’s coverage by the way. Antitrust protection for the ins co’s should be stripped. Nothing like a little competition to spur price improvement. The “consumer” would be the lucky beneficiary.

    As for the military, they have had a VERY long time to improve their health care facilities and bring them on par with those in the private sector. Women’s services should be as high a priority as any other. If they are unable to provide it, then they should make accomodations to have it provided by the private sector.

    • AMEN! And if the defense dept can not figure out how to care for our heroes how the hell is Sebelius going to figure out how to care for us?
      AND- I forgot to add in the post- the Fort Hood shooter is a product of government run health care system too, Yup jsut what we want.

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