To hear Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald tell it, waiting for an appointment to see a doctor at a VA Hospital is a lot like waiting for a ride on Space Mountain at Disneyland. OK…you’re waiting for the punch line, aren’t you? I was. I still am. There is no punch line. Only a very sad tale of yet another governmental agency that is bloated beyond belief and doesn’t know how to right the ship.
You’ve probably heard that McDonald made the comment the other day while addressing a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with a bunch of reporters. And he likened the wait times at Disneyland as only a “part of the overall experience”, just like the wait times at a VA Hospital are only part of the overall experience. The only difference is, when you wait for a ride in Disneyland, you don’t die as a result. Overall experience? Let’s talk about getting wait times down to zero. Apparently McDonald doesn’t realize that he’s dealing with America’s finest heroes here. These men and women deserve the finest health care available for the rest of their lives, not some third rate physician that had to attend medical school in Guatemala because they couldn’t get into one in the United States. They don’t need a healthcare plan run by some idiot who just makes speeches instead of fixing the problem.
Here’s the real problem, and it goes back years, if not decades. And no, it’s not just an Obama administration problem. It’s just that Obama promised to fix it, and it’s gotten worse. How worse? Well, when the whole thing broke over the VA Hospital out here in Phoenix until today, wait times haven’t gone down at all. In fact, they’ve actually INCREASED 71%. That’s a major fail in my book.
The solution to this problem is so simple it’s ridiculous. You get rid of the Veterans Administration. Dump the hospitals and the doctors. When you get out of the service, you get a metal ID card that gives you free healthcare for the rest of your life. You can go anywhere to get it. You don’t have to go to a government hospital that’s run like a third-world triage ward. You want the best healthcare as a veteran, you deserve it and you should get it. That’s the end of that story. And the only way that is going to happen is to take government out of the equation. Private sector is a MUCH better solution to this problem.
Governments do some things very well. They maintain our security (or they are supposed to). They maintain infrastructure (see above), and they print money. Beyond that, they should pretty well stay out of the lives of its citizens. I don’t need the government to help me out with anything, and there are millions of churches and charities out there that would help the downtrodden and those in need. We don’t need the government re-distributing wealth to make themselves feel better about doing something good for the world. There are plenty of people already doing that, and if the folks in Washington want to help somebody that’s down on their luck, I suggest they give up their seat in Congress, or quit their job in one of the thousands of governmental agencies, and go to work in a soup kitchen or other charity that helps those folks. All they are doing is wasting taxpayer money, which they are also very good at. Unfortunately, that one isn’t in the job description!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!