Wednesday, June 24, 2009

64 years of Government Run Health Care

Article excerpt FROM MAY 1945

VETERANS CRITICAL OF THEIR HOSPITALS; Thousands of Complaints on Treatment, Food and Other Conditions Are Received SEVERAL INQUIRIES BEGUN Some Objections Viewed as Justified, Others as Partly or Wholly Unfounded Senate Inquiry Begun

May 17, 1945, Thursday

Within the last few months thousands of complaints about the treatment of veterans in hospitals under the jurisdiction of the Veterans Administration have been received by members of Congress, the Veterans Administration itself...

Article excerpt from June 2009

VA Medical System in Shambles, Veterans Groups Say
With Veterans Affairs hospitals giving botched radiation treatments to nearly 100 vets and exposing 10,000 to HIV and hepatitis viruses, veterans advocates and lawmakers say the VA health system is in dire need of proper oversight and funding.


And that is what happens when government gets invovled in health care...64 years later and they haven't quite figured it out.

Let's throw a trillion dolars at it and see if that helps.

Is anyone else scared? I am.

- Average age of a VA government run hospital is 49 years
- Average age of a private hospital is 12 years

Which hospital do you want the ambulance to take you to?

Obama wants a government solution by year end. This issue needs real debate and shouldn't be shoved through Congress so the President can cross it off his to-do list. Oh but he promised he would if you voted for him? He also promised you he would not raise taxes.

Isn't a tax on a benefit a tax?

Hmm, see below.

Fall 2008
"For the first time in American history, he wants to tax your health benefits," Obama said on the campaign trail last fall. "Apparently, Senator McCain doesn't think it's enough that your health premiums have doubled. He thinks you should have to pay taxes on them, too."

You all just loved that in the debates - "McCain is so evil. Obama is so awesome - he is such a good speaker too."

You all fell for his overly melodramatic campaign rhetoric and pandering "...for the first time in American History...". Cue the ominous banging drum...Sheesh.

March 14, 2009
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits...


Is anyone paying attention here? End the love fest soon before it's too late.

Let's do some real analysis of what is being proposed, how much it costs, what the alternatives are, who is affected and how its going to be paid for before we let Congress spend $1 trillion.

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