Remember when liberal economist Paul Krugman heralded the VA as the “triumph of socialized medicine“? Maybe not so much to those who don’t inhale the contents of spray paint.
Let’s just face facts: Sarah Palin was wrong when she famously said:
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”
She was wrong only in this: you don’t GET to “stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ and face the bureaucrats who decide whether you live or die. That’s a privilege you don’t deserve in a socialized health care system. Rather, you are just left twisting in the wind wondering where the hell your health care is while you die of medical neglect.
In other words, Sarah Palin’s description of reality under Obama – as terrifying as it was – wasn’t anywhere NEAR terrifying enough.
When you’ve got a Hitler or a Stalin or a Mao – or a true socialist ideologue dictator like Obama – running your country, the truth is almost always more terrifying than the fiction.
The Veterans Administration debacle where veterans across the country are DYING while waiting in vain with their neglect covered up by secret lists is proof that death panels are all-too real. And that no, you don’t get to “stand” in front of them. Because even THAT is too much work for these bureaucrats.
You’ve got to stop and think about what the Obama administration’s excuses are. Do they say something on the order of, “You can’t possibly blame me for this given the sheer size of government. Now please excuse me while I make the government that is clearly already too big and too out-of-control even BIGGER and even MORE out-of-control.”
Or maybe Obama wants to say something like, “The death panels that you see are not my ObamaCare death panels, but VA death panels. Now excuse me while I go make your ObamaCare more like the socialized VA system.”
You need to understand that: the classic Democrat talking point is that the VA disaster is one that has been going on for years, so it’s nobody’s fault. Except that Democrats – and Barack Obama in particular – have been trying to make EVERYBODY’S health care more like the VA system. And so how is it not their fault?
If the VA is a bad system that is too socialized, too big, too bureaucratic and too bloated, then why the hell are these Democrats (i.e., “DEMOn possessed bureauCRATS) trying to make the REST of health care just like the system they say is broken and can’t be made to work?
There are at least two reasons why socialized medicine invariably becomes a death panel from at least two different directions. The first is because the government can force private medical practices to jump through all kinds of hoops and impose all kinds of burdensome regulations and costs. But when they take over health care delivery, suddenly they discover that, hell, this is EXPENSIVE, and then they begin to reduce treatment to save money. And the second is more insidious but pervasive throughout the system: once health care is socialized, there is simply no incentive for doctors to provide the sort of care they are forced to provide in private practice. As an example of this, it was discovered in the Albuquerque VA facility that eight cardiologists were doing the work of ONE private practice cardiologist:
There are eight physicians in the cardiology department. But at any given time, only three are working in the clinic, where they see fewer than two patients per day, so on average there are only 36 veterans seen per week. That means the entire eight-person department sees as many patients in a week as a single private practice cardiologist sees in two days, according to the doctor.
For perspective, 60% of cardiologists reported seeing between 50 and 124 patients per week, according to a 2013 survey of medical professionals’ compensation conducted by Medscape. On the low end, the average single private practice cardiologist who participated in the study saw more patients in a week than the Albuquerque VA’s entire eight-person cardiology department.
In some cases, a long wait to see a doctor is just another routine inconvenience of the sort people expect in a large bureaucracy, but other times it can be a matter of life and death.
The problem is NOT money. The problem is a stifling bureaucracy that simply ABSORBS money like a giant sponge and the problem is the disincentivization of salaried doctors who simply do not have the incentives to work harder and see more patients the way that private practice doctors have.
The backlog of claims and unnecessary delays in veterans’ care has broadened despite a 235 percent increase in the budget of the Department of Veterans Affairs between 2001 and 2013.
That finding has prompted veterans’ advocates to contend that it is a lack of accountability, not funding, that is at the root of the systemic crisis.
Budget increases at the VA have come as the total number of veterans is decreasing due primarily to the deaths of aging World War II participants.
According to figures from the Office of Management and Budget, funding for medical care, which composes 40 percent of the VA’s annual budget, increased 193 percent from 2001 to 2013.
During the same period, the overall veterans’ population declined by 4.3 million, Investor’s Business Daily reported.
As of June 2011, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reported that an average of 1,100 veterans die every single day. I recently heard the figure of 1,800 WWII vets dying per day – and you would expect that as the years go by and these veterans get older, the survivors would die at an increasingly faster rate. There is simply no way that the relatively small number of younger veterans who are entering the system compared to the large number of older veterans who are dying off are overwhelming the system. The fact is the opposite of what Democrats are saying: we have more money per veteran than EVER. And yet we have more problems (under Obama) than we have EVER had.
Here is the bottom line: socialized or “single payer” medical systems are doomed to inefficiency. The result is you keep paying more and more to keep getting less and less. That is simply a fact.
ObamaCare is one giant ‘death panel’ in the making. And with the above-mentioned caveat, Sarah Palin NAILED its essence in her “death panel” warning five years ago.
We now know that Obama – who has said in this scandal just as he has said in every other freaking damn scandal that he had no idea that it was happening and it can’t be his fault because everything is still Bush’s fault blah-blah-blah - is just a bystander-in-chief who is discovering the failures of his government by reading the damn newspaper.
At best, this turd is such a failure as a leader it is unreal.
Do you know that Obama hasn’t bothered to have a one-on-one meeting with Shinseki – where real problems could be discussed – in two damn years??? That’s a complete failure to lead. Period.
But we also know that NOTHING about Obama is “at best.” We know that this worthless disgrace is always THE WORST. And so we also now know that Obama is a serial LIAR without any shame, any honor, any decency, any integrity, or any virtue. The FACTS scream that Obama is a liar and yeah, HE DID KNOW this was going on for the six years he was doing NOTHING:
The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.
Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting.
“This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving veterans timely care,” the officials wrote.
Robert Petzel resigned last week as the top health official for the Department of Veterans Affairs, just one day after testifying before a Senate committee that he knew VA health clinics were using inappropriate scheduling practices as early as 2010.
Whistleblowers claim the schemes continued until this year, leading to a recent wave of outrage that sent the VA and White House scrambling to correct the alleged problems and restore confidence in the department.
Petzel admitted that he knew of the issue after Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) questioned him about the memo below, in which a top VA executive warned the directors of all VA health networks that questionable scheduling practices would “not be tolerated.”
The message summarized at least 17 tactics that VA hospitals were known to have used to hide treatment delays and give the impression they were meeting the department’s goal of seeing patients within 14 to 30 days.
Please notice that it was a REPUBLICAN who questioned the Obama administration.
To wit: this is like every single other of Obama’s long list of scandals. Initial professed outrage: “I’m mad as hell,” Obama’s VA turd Shinseki says. And then not to be outdone, “Obama is madder than hell,” a top Obama aide says of his master. And then nobody is held responsible, nobody is fired, nobody even loses their damn BONUS.
Obama – as his mouthpiece Jay Carney has been doing – is referring to the VA abominations as “allegations.” When what has ALREADY been documented is criminal and evil.
On the “problems,” Obama said, “We have been working really hard to address them.” He said, “Taking care of our veterans and their families has been one of the causes of my presidency.” Which begs the question just what the hell he HAS been doing when I documented above that Obama KNEW about these “problems” for SIX YEARS and has done NOTHING to keep the crisis from growing FAR WORSE.
Obama also said that he’s not going to let this “become a political football.” And thus as dictator and Fuehrer seized all power to investigate this so that no one can possibly hold him accountable in any way, shape or form as he deals with this scandal “the Chicago way.”
This is exactly what happened with the Fast and Furious scandal in which Obama and Eric Holder put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels and then let them murder a Border Patrol agent. And did NOTHING beyond their cover-up.
This is exactly what happened with the Benghazi scandal in which Obama and Hillary Clinton sent a United States Ambassador to a Libyan hellhole, refused to provide him with security he was begging for even as every other civilized power was pulling their people out of the violence-ridden region, left him to be raped, tortured and murdered while issuing stand down orders to those who pleaded to be allowed to help him and then covered-up their fiasco by dishonestly blaming the attack on a Youtube video that had absolutely NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the pre-planned terrorist attack they should have seen coming. To date, Obama’s disgustingly shameful promises aside, the only person who has EVER been held responsible for this attack is the United States citizen who was slandered as the cause for this al Qaeda-sponsored terrorist attack.
This is exactly what happened with the IRS scandal in which, at the direction of Washington and specifically at the instigation of an Obama appointee, the IRS was used as a political weapon to target and punish Obama’s political opponents.
In every case, Obama relied on the fact that the mainstream media “news coverage” amounts to naked leftist propaganda. If you want to know how the media would have treated a Republican, just google “Donald Sterling” and see the daily outrage as the media focuses in on their target and then attacks him like red meat on a daily basis until he’s destroyed. Whereas in Obama’s case, if they even report the story, it’s treated as done and over with. So move on.
It is the routine script for a despicable ideologue failure. And he’s playing the same damn game again.
Everything that conservatives said would happen with ObamaCare has either happened or is happening, versus Obama who is now documented to have lied about EVERYTHING from being allowed to keep your doctor, or your health plan, to bending the cost curve down when in fact he’s done otherwise, to there being no taxes on people earning less than $200,000 when there are now all kinds of taxes, etcetera ad nauseam.
And as ObamaCare becomes more and more like the socialized medicine of the VA system, we can look at the countries who have victimized their citizens with appalling care and see what is coming next:
The only people in America who deserve to die slow, painful deaths of medical neglect are those who voted for Obama. But unless Republicans take over the Senate and then take the presidency away from Hillary Clinton – who wanted socialized medicine even before Obama did – we’re ALL going to suffer death by socialism.
Veterans EARNED their health care. By SERVING in the armed forces, and by subjecting themselves to conditions and environments that no civilian would EVER willingly experience – and by submitting to conditions in which they cannot sue the government which ordered them to do what they did - they EARNED their health care.
But the VA system – because it IS socialized, because it IS a government bureaucracy, because it IS huge – is broken.
Now Obama and the Democrats demand that every single person in America receive the benefits and care that only those who SERVED ought to receive. And now Obama and these Democrats are breaking our health care system by letting the same government that clearly is incapable of administering the Veterans Administration run the REST of the far larger health care system into the ground.