The is the latest of a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our country at every level of government.
Most Americans are now aware of shocking tragedy that is defined as health care by Veterans Affairs. The resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is symbolically correct, but that organization has developed a culture of failure; replacement of many ranking officials will be necessary to assure even moderate success.
First, let us review basic undisputable facts.
VA headquarters apparently applied pressure to subordinate units to correct the delayed service and now we have a study in the “law of unintended consequences.” A well-known axiom is that subordinates dislike reporting their own deficiencies so they devised a second and secret list to track claimants beyond the 14-day objective.
The Veterans Administration (now the Department of Veterans Affairs) was merged from smaller units in 1930. It has become the nation’s largest integrated health care system until the development of “Obamacare” under the Affordable Care Act. Its substandard health care has been no secret for years. I have a friend who lost a 45-year-old cousin in 1998 because of incompetence in a VA hospital.
Now apply logic.
If the U.S. government cannot efficiently operate a large health care system after 84 years of experience, is it not time to admit failure? If the U.S. cannot operate the VA system effectively, why does anyone think it can operate a national system that is much larger and more complex?
Since every nation’s attempts at government health care have failed to exceed the American product, why think the U.S. should adopt those failed methods and destroy everything we have? Before anyone jumps on my last statement, I concede some nations have exceeded us in specific measurements, but not one comes close to overall success, i.e., development of pharmaceuticals, availability of major treatments, recovery rate from serious infections, etc.
The silver lining of the VA issue that it hopefully will encourage thinking voters to kill Obamacare before it kills us. Ask your representatives why they favor a failed health care concept.
Jim McCully is a Vacaville resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.