Keeping the single-payer-for-all prize on the horizon, the Left touted the “success” of the VA in its support for Obamacare. Klein, then with The Washington Post, said the VA was “one of the most remarkable success stories in American public policy.” He also said it was an example of “when socialism works in America.”
Now the Left feigns outrage over a system they want to implement for everyone. In a press conference, Rep. Pelosi said, “Again, on the battlefield, we leave no soldier behind, and when they come home, we leave no veteran behind. This is an oath, this is a pledge, this is a commitment, and we have to get this done, and now we have to put it on a path of getting it done right.”
As with Obamacare, they have no real fix for the VA’s problems other than calls for more funding and finger-pointing at the previous administration.
In a recent post at the Fiscal Times, Ed Morrissey wrote:
“The VA … was supposed to be different. Slate’s Timothy Noah wrote in 2005, ‘socialized medicine has been tried in the United States, and it has been proven superior to health care supplied by the private sector.’ New York Times economic analyst Paul Krugman wrote a series of columns over the last several years extolling the single-payer VA system.”
Democrats now want to pretend that the VA system isn’t what it is designed it to be — a system that leaves patients at the mercy of bureaucrats. Yet the message is clear despite the smokescreen of outrage: as Nancy Pelosi asserted, the VA model – that is, single-payer – is their “fix” for Obamacare.
We’ve seen how this system treats our heroes and, without exaggeration, it has been downright criminal. Now just imagine when it’s average Americans like you and me.