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Thursday, May 15, 2014
VA 'death list' scandal: this is our future, folks
An honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran walks into the VA Hospital closest to where he lives to deal with a chronic medical problem he has been ignoring, but now ignoring it is no longer an option. He is greeted by a grumpy receptionist after waiting in the lobby for maybe 15 minutes. Not too bad, but this is as good as it gets for this guy.
The grumpy receptionist shoves a stack of forms for the guy to fill out, and demands two pieces of photo I.D. He only has his driver's license on him. 'Tough,' says the grump. 'Go get one more. NEXT!'
The guy comes back later on that afternoon with an additional photo ID, waits another 15 minutes to speak to the same grumpy receptionist. When he is finally 'greeted', she acts like she had never seen the guy before in her life. He explains that he had been in earlier, and was only missing an additional piece of photo ID. The grump then shoves the exact same pile of forms to the guy, who tells her that he already filled them out earlier. The grump threatens to send him to the back of the line unless he shuts up and fills out the damn forms. Again.
And so it goes. This is our government at work, and in this case its in the health care industry. Wherever the government interacts with the public, this is the way things work. There is no joy, no patience and no common sense. It is government at its worst.
Obamacare now looms over us. While the government is not yet directly involved in the actual care, but rather only the paperwork, we are in for an initial shock as to the nature of government workers in their natural habitat: a cubicle where they are immune from criticism of bad performance, exempt from common courtesy and entrenched in their position to the point that they are virtually free from performance accountability.
Just wait until Obamacare is perverted inexorably into government paid health care providers. What you will have then is what we all see in the Phoenix VA hospital.
Monsters who care not a whit whether their charges live or die, monsters who only care about their performance bonuses and incentives, doing the right thing be damned in their pursuit of a few bucks.
We all see what these government workers chose to do to these poor retches who wandered into their lobbies, seeking treatment to potentially life threatening conditions: they chose to put their care into limbo, fudge the books and subsequently collect their bonuses for meeting performance objectives while these veterans languished on phony waiting lists and then ultimately perished.
This VA scandal is the tip of the iceberg, I am afraid. We are all in for this kind of poor service once Obamacare morphs into what we all know it will: another government office just like the DMV or the VA. Full of low performing scumbags who doesn't really care whether you live or die.
This is our future, folks, unless we open our eyes.