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?
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?”
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.
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.
The VA starts to adjust a system designed for a male military
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???