Shocking Report: 307,000 vets may have died awaiting VA care
Remember, this is the socialized, single-payer, universal “health care” that the left wants for the rest of us.
Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system may have died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday.
The VA’s inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. The inspector general said due to limitations in the system’s data, the number of records did not necessarily represent veterans actively seeking enrollment in VA health care.
In a response to a request by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ to investigate a whistleblower’s allegations of mismanagement at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly marked unprocessed applications and may have deleted 10,000 or more records in the last five years.
In one case, a veteran who applied for VA care in 1998 was placed in “pending” status for 14 years.
1) I don’t mean to suggest that that all 307,000 people died as a direct result of the VA simply not treating them. This would be very unlikely. But we don’t know…because of shoddy government record keeping. And how many deaths is acceptable? Half that? 10,000? 100? How can the taxpayers be coerced into funding something as important as healthcare if it’s not going to be available when they or their loved ones need it (see Canadaian health care wait times).
2) Per the opening sentence, I also don’t meant to suggest that the left literally wants this type of result. I believe there are many “do-gooders” who simply don’t understand the repercussions of the things they support. They just don’t want to believe that the free market is the absolute best way of providing healthcare for everyone. But it is. It encourages competition which spurs innovation, increases quality and lowers cost every time. It isn’t evil. The exact opposite is true with government-run institutions (see DMV, Post office, The VA, etc). Look, if you find yourself supporting “free healthcare”, I urge you to reconsider or the horrific circumstances found at the VA might just become commonplace for the rest of us.