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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The VA Scandal Shows Us Future Of Obamacare

Here's the Nonsense:  The VA healthcare mess is just that, a mess.  It is simply a situation where some problems need to be fixed.  It has nothing to do with Obamacare, it's an anomaly and not indicative of where healthcare is going in the U. S.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The VA healthcare scandal is a perfect example of what the future holds for Americans under Obamacare.  Wake up America while you still can.

Some are rejecting the idea, but the simple fact is that the scandal at the VA is a perfect example of what awaits Americans in the future with Obamacare.  While some say the problems at the VA were not "death panels" per se, the reality of the situation is that the mess at the VA has resulted in exactly what those of us who were against Obamacare from the start warned about.  Delays, rationing, and denied healthcare is the future of healthcare under Obamacare whether people like it or not.  Just as we've read happens in nationalized healthcare systems in other countries (click here and here for just two examples from Britain, whose healthcare system Obamacare is based upon), people will not get the care they are used to or deserve in America as Obamacare takes control over the next few years.

The Veterans Administration has had problems with delays, and possibly denials, in the care it gives our veterans for some time.  There were concerns about it under President Bush that, according to the Washington Times, the Obama administration was warned about.  So, we can't say that this situation was caused by the Obama administration.  But the scandal is that now we're in Obama's sixth year in office and the problems still exist.  And now it's come out that over 100 people have died (that we know of so far) due to this problem that Senator John McCain says is in 10 states (and my guess it's actually probably in far more, but we just don't know how deep the problem goes yet).

On April 14 CNN reported that 40 veterans had died while waiting for care at the Phoenix, AZ VA.  This followed CNN's report in January that said 19 vets had died in VA hospitals waiting for colonoscopies and endoscopies, which were part of a list of 82 who'd died that were listed in an internal Veterans Administration report about care in 2010 and 2011.

The list of warnings and problems goes much deeper with Senator Rob Portman writing a letter in April 2013 seeking answers to these problems and he followed it up with another letter in June 2013 that demanded answers as to why VA healthcare workers were doing union work instead of their healthcare work, which obviously reduced the availability of those employees to take care of patients.

What I'm writing here just scratches the surface as to the problems that seem to be plaguing the VA healthcare system.  Obama has claimed over and over again that he's concerned and angry over what's been happening to our veterans at the VA.  But nothing has happened to improve care.  

Rush Limbaugh, like many of us, has compared the delays in care to the death panels that are in Obamacare (they're denied by the administration, but they're in there as Howard Dean has now admitted).  Limbaugh said, "When you have government employees receiving salary bonuses for ostensibly saving money by virtue of shrinking the number of people on the list, how does that happen?  How do people end up off the list and not treated?  They pass away.  And if you're gonna have government employees bounced on that basis, then you would be not that far out of whack to assume there might be some death panel at work here.  If you don't want to go that far, at the very least, there is rampant incompetence here and inability to run the medical treatment of the Veterans Affairs system." 

That's the point.  The VA scandal may just be the sheer incompetence of government bureaucracy, which in itself shows how bad healthcare will get as it's nationalized in that same bureaucracy.  But whether it's incompetence or planned, it shows exactly what will happen to American citizens under Obamacare.

But don't discount the idea that this is planned under Obamacare.  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of Obamacare and brother of Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has openly talked about the plan to reduce care for Americans.  He, for example, believes that the death of a 20 year old is far worse than the death of a 2 month old. He believes that people from their late teens through their forties are the most valuable so they should get the most care.  Those younger or older should get far less care.  That is the plan that is being implemented through Obamacare.  So, don't be surprised when you see what's happening in the VA start happening throughout our healthcare system in this country.

The future is bleak for American healthcare.  Some brave souls like Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are still fighting to repeal it. I'm not sure it can still be repealed.  The establishment GOP has accepted that it's here to stay, which they prove by their lack of effort to support efforts to repeal it.  This, once again, shows how far our nation has fallen.  Your rights have been taken away and stopping it will take far more than just saying you won't stand for it.  The question is what will you do about it?  What are you doing beyond just saying you're against what's happening in America to stop the fall of our nation?