If there is anyone that wants a good example of how government run healthcare is an idea that borders on the outer edges of sheer lunacy all one has to do is ask any veteran about their normal medical care at a VA facility.
One veteran who I spoke to for comment gave an account of an emergency room visit that was almost unbelievable. He was going in to get treated in the emergency room for a MRSA infection that could have literally eaten away at one of his hands and it was four hours until they actually got him to the back to be examined.
On the other hand, his wife who can go to a civilian hospital had to go to the emergency room about a month or two ago was brought into the back within ten minutes of arriving. That’s the kind of system that some liberals want everyone to have to deal with.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is catching flak for her recent comments on the Department of Veterans Affairs, suggesting that the VA was not broken.
The freshman congresswoman said at a town hall in New York City last week about the VA: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“The idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimized, tinkered with until you don’t even recognize it anymore,” she added.
Her comments that the VA was not broken contrasted with reports of veterans taking their lives in the parking lots of the VA after receiving inadequate care.
Nineteen veterans killed themselves at VA facilities between October 2017 and November 2018, according to the Washington Post.
Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, who famously killed Osama bin Laden, blasted the 29-year-old congresswoman’s comments.
“Ever take your kid to work, let ’em color and tell ’em they’re helping? New York did,” he tweeted.
Sean Parnell, a retired Army Ranger and author, tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez and every politician should have to get their healthcare from the VA.
“All the healthcare issues that veterans face today…calcified bureaucracy, secret wait lists, minimal continuity of care…would be fixed in a week if they did,” he tweeted.
The VA was engulfed in scandal in 2014, after CNN first revealed that VA employees were systematically hiding months-long wait times for patients, including for some who died while waiting for care. Then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned over the scandal.
ABC’s The View host Abby Huntsman, whose brother serves in the military, also scolded Ocasio-Cortez.
“She should spend a little less time clapping back on Twitter and a little more time talking to veterans and families of vets who are no longer here because of VA dysfunction,” Huntsman tweeted.