This goes to the heart of the larger issue. Democrats have always claimed they were the party you should elect to run government competently. But the government has grown so vast and complex, it is impossible to do so. Obama's surprise at finding each new scandal in his administration is almost understandable, given the federal government's vast size. But the solution must come from getting government smaller, and definitely shedding its role as direct provider of services.
With regards to veterans, we clearly need to provide them with insurance alternatives to allow them to make use of private sector medicine. They deserve to be freed of the incompetent monopoly provisioning of health care by the federal government. John McCain has said that he will make such a proposal. Count on the left to oppose this move. They have touted the VA as a model for single payer in the past. To allow out-sourcing would undermine their arguments for socialized medicine, as Krugman calls the VA system in the linked article.
Reason.com gives a great synopsis what passes for "success" in the VA's socialized medical system.
How could a bloated government bureaucracy achieve such low-cost success? As we found out recently, it's by quietly sticking veterans on a waiting list and putting off their treatment for months—sometimes until the patients are far too dead to need much in the way of expensive care. Which is to say, calling it a "success" is stretching the meaning of the word beyond recognition.On this Memorial Day, although a time for reflection about those who have died; we should support the living veterans as well, by prising their health care from the monopoly of the federal government.
What You Should Be Reading
- KTCat equates moral relativism Houston Astro fandom. Read it, it makes sense.
- Left Coast Rebel has great hashtag for Obama on the VA scandal.
- For Memorial Day, I am embedding one of the greatest speeches for the occasion ever given, by Ronald Reagan, of course. (The text of a different but great speech here.)