by: the Common Constitutionalist
The VA hospitals and their subpar medical care isn’t a new debate. The only revelation is that now we have documented cases of veterans actually dying from lack of care.
The VA system has always been a mess. It can’t help but be. It’s after all, run by the government and we all know that the government can’t run anything properly or efficiently. And I do mean anything – including the military.
And couple the natural failures of the bureaucracy with a military loathing administration, full of 60s radicals and this is what we end up with. Garbage in – Garbage out. It’s not hard to forecast.
The funny (not ha ha) thing is that not too long ago the VA system was touted as being “great”.
In 2005 an article was published by Philip Longman entitled, “The Best Care Anywhere”. It was a defense of the VA medical system.
Many socialized medicine advocates pointed to this article as proof that a government run health system was superior to a private system, where patients are free to shop around. read more