This is front page news? Why? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the effects of Agent Orange have been tapped-danced around and essentially ignored by the Veterans Administration since Vietnam. Even those returning from World War I and World War II never really received proper treatment for what was then called “combat fatigue” and “shell-shock”. The government simply certified many of them as disabled and they lived with their issues.
Certainly we cannot totally blame Obama for the veterans’ situation, although some sources report that his administration has been aware of many of these problems since 2008 and essentially chosen to do nothing about them. Evidently, addressing these issues does not happen until the American people hear about some of the underhanded dealings and become outraged. Once that shoe falls, then everyone in Washington D.C. wants somebody’s head over at the VA. Never mind thinking that the president or Congress had anything to do with the behavior that is being uncovered. One thing is clear about the Obama Administration: it is ruled from the top down— thus, to find so many of the same practices taking place in different facilities, one has to wonder who instituted policies that encouraged skewing of data to look like models of efficiency. Even if that idea did sprout from lower level managers, they obviously had to have been rewarded over the years.
If the media runs with this story in the right fashion, it will provide some distraction and cover for other issues like the IRS scandal, Benghazi, and the un-constitutional shenanigans of the Office of the Attorney General. Though the VA situation is not good news for the administration, it does not have a potential unethical or corrupt twist to it as the other concerns do. While the administration will take some heat for it, the situation gives Obama a platform to rattle his sabre and show his chops with regard to healthcare. This element alone can be played over in a positive light to aid the continuing struggle with ObamaCare. A few heads may roll at lower levels in the VA administration and a few new policies may be put in place, but the care received by the veteran in need likely will probably not change anytime soon. Why is that, you might ask? The answer is simple: the task of taking care of our veterans is too far-reaching for the resources available through the VA. A few firings and policy changes are not going to put more facilities in place or create more doctors and nurses to aid those patients. Anything that comes out of this will likely be a smoke-screen of sorts to quell the public outrage while things remain pretty much status quo.
Should this issue concern you beyond the scope of how healthcare is provided for our veterans? You’re danged right it should. The VA is a model which easily predicts what will happen once the government pushes the American public into single-payer, government- controlled healthcare. Why would you think it would be any different for the average American versus one of our veterans? It won’t, with possibly one exception: Right now the veterans have advocates in the American people outraged over their treatment. What happens when average Americans are treated essentially the same? Who will be advocates for them? They will be outraged, but the government will not care because by that time, there will be no alternatives for improvement—what you see is what you get.
This VA model is a fine predictor as to what we can expect under ObamaCare in terms of the ratio of doctor to patients and nurse staffing. Oh, and let me point out right here, many of our so-called leaders on both sides of the aisle are sitting there in Washington D.C. just biding their time, waiting for the public to get fed up with ObamaCare. The souring on ObamaCare process will take a while yet—just long enough to kill off alternatives in the private sector and leave only the government as the potential source of rescue for the American public. Once that transition takes place, the average American will begin to experience exactly what our veterans are experiencing today, and it will not be pretty.
When those who volunteered to serve and protect this nation held up their right hand and took an oath before God to defend America against all enemies both foreign and domestic, they did so with the belief that they would have the promise of the federal government behind them if they were wounded or damaged in any way by their service. Now, we are seeing what that promise amounts to. Veterans have died waiting for possible life-saving care because those who could have provided such care on a timely basis were more interested in turning in good efficiency reports. The American veteran—our wounded war heroes—have taken a back seat to someone’s ambition to climb the civil service ladder. They have not done so willingly and have had no choice in the matter. Americans should not only be outraged, we should be ashamed—very, very ashamed.
This “ill-wind” will blow past and possibly even get ignored to a great degree by a media that no longer looks for answers or demands accountability. At the same time, the smoke that rides on this wind will provide Obama with much needed cover and more time to “bob and weave.” Those in his administration called to testify on the IRS scandal or Benghazi will disingenuously both declare their innocence and invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid incrimination. It all becomes a giant stall tactic designed to simply run out the clock, and anyone involved in prosecuting the scandals is surely going to be labeled something unsavory in unending fashion—just like ol’ Senator Joe McCarthy of the 50’s. Bill Clinton’s battle cry of “deny, deny, deny” will be the mantra of the day, and anyone attempting to link that denial to the White House will simply be labeled a racist. When such conditions exist in America, in reality what can our veterans ever expect? At the same time, if such conditions are tolerated, what can the average American expect but the same fate?
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