by: the Common Constitutionalist
Most everyone, except politicians and those who profit from it (often, one in the same), agree that the Veterans Administration is broken and frankly doesn’t appear to even give a crap about our men and women who have sacrificed in the defense of this country.
Yet I’ve heard that like a lot of “broken” government programs – welfare, social security, etc. – its degradation has been decades in the making and so therefore it just can’t be fixed overnight. It will take time and money (the dreaded “investment”) to fix problems, but constant delays and cost overruns have hampered efforts to provide more care facilities.
To this many, including Ben Carson, have said we simply need to scrap the V.A. and its system of hospitals. Conservatives have been saying, no shouting, that if you want to see the future of Obamacare, of the top down government run healthcare of our future, we need look no further than the VA system.
Carson has suggested it be replaced with a system of health savings accounts “that would allow veterans to obtain treatment at any medical facility instead of restricting them to government-run hospitals. The VA would then be turned into a specialty hospital to care for traumatic injuries such as loss of limb or severe brain injuries.”
Others say no, that you can’t throw the baby out with the bath water. That sure, there are some bad hospitals, some bad administrators, but it’s not all bad – that it wasn’t always this way.
Well, to that I say bunk! Unlike other government organizations, the VA system didn’t get as bad as it is over time. It’s been bad and it’s been corrupt from its conception – when it began as the Veterans Bureau in 1921. read more