Veterans Hospital Death Panel Is a Preview of Life Under ObamaCare
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The VA system — see, this is kind of what undercuts the whole notion that Obama didn’t know and was outraged when he found out. I’ve been doing this program for 25 years. Horror stories in the VA, we’ve had phone calls every year about it. And part and parcel of the VA is the belief — I don’t know if it’s actually stated at recruitment, but there’s both an implication and an inference. The government, the military implies to inductees, to volunteers, people that sign up for the military, and they infer that their medical care is going to be heightened and focused because they are volunteering essentially their lives for this country.
In joining the military they are acknowledging the possibility they could be deployed into a combat zone and be severely wounded or killed in action. The whole “leave no man behind” thing, there is an implied relationship that everybody in this country has understood for years, that the government will take care of its veterans. And because of that implied relationship, when that doesn’t happen, the attention on it is even more focused and becomes an even greater controversy.
I mean, this is the assumption. If there is a group of people the government is really gonna look out for and really try to take care of, it’s going to be people who have worn the uniform. Everybody has just understood this. Which is why all of these years of the horror stories of the VA have been so shocking, because the questions are natural, how could they let this happen? These people are special. These are soldiers. They’re special. They got wounded in action, killed in action defending this country on missions assigned by their commander-in-chief and other commanding officers. And yet that relationship doesn’t seem to exist.
The VA, as I say, I get calls here, we have every year for 25 years, and the horror story here or the horror story there. And this is just the latest. Now we learn of these deaths by attrition, secret waiting lists, and this is the real bad thing of it. People on these lists assume that they’re being moved ahead of the line. That’s the purpose of the secret list, that they’re going to really be taken care of. Because the backlog is so jammed, the line for treatment at the VA is so long that they’ve come up with this secret list business, and the people on that list think that they’re essentially being moved to the top of the class, or the head of the line, in front of the line. And they’re just being ignored.