Can We Please Fix The Government-Ran Healthcare System That We Already Have?

Posted: November 1, 2013 in Articles, Constitution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, government
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With all of the arguments that are occurring as to why the government should or should not continue this idiotic attempt to provide healthcare for this country all we have to do is look at the single-payer healthcare system that they envision for the entire country that they ALREADY have control over and that is the Veteran’s Administration (VA) system.

Now to be fair to the current administration the problems that exist at the VA predate it and the prior administration as well as the others that preceded it and NONE of them have done little to or anything to mitigate the issues that plague that already government-ran healthcare system.

Simply put, if the administration cannot fix a system that it has COMPLETE control over how can it expect to deal with one that it doesn’t?

Veterans like myself languish daily in a system that we have no choice but to use if we expect the country that we served to take care of the medical issues that we have that are service related and were promised to be taken care of yet this is the same type of promise that the politicians made when debating over and finally passing the Affordable Care Act and already we see that even a simple website is already fraught with problems and reports are starting to surface of the many problems that the law is already creating.

The numerous media reports on the dysfunctionality of the VA system…a system that once again the government and this administration has DIRECT and COMPLETE control over STILL has numerous problems with its long wait times, denial of coverage, WEBSITE PROBLEMS/ISSUES, backlog of paperwork, etc., and we expect that our government is supposed to do much better with an exponentially larger system nationwide?

The people that work at the VA are some of the most awesome people that I’ve ever met yet even they admit that they are hamstrung by the government and the laws that regulate it as to how much and how well the services they provide are conducted and this in comparison to the national single-payer one that the politicians are trying to lead this country to is a much,,,much smaller single-payer healthcare system yet they still fail to provide the services at an efficient and high level than their private sector counterparts.

Lastly and as I stated earlier the issues with the VA system are not the fault of the current administration but it has not done much to fix them and being a veteran that utilizes the VA system’s services they have not gotten better and in some instances they have gotten worse.

If the government is going to stay in this “healthcare game” they should first fix what’s wrong with the current government healthcare system that serves those that put their lives on the line for it, have been injured or maimed in defending it, and continue to do so despite having firsthand knowledge that our country is not keeping its promise to those that were willing to provide the ultimate sacrifice for an ever increasing “un-grateful” nation.

Be blessed!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

(Note: On a personal level I am on hold for benefits that I should’ve received in 2010 and was denied a higher level of benefits for a condition that was well documented. During this time I submit paperwork which I have to pay for a return receipt for because the VA often loses paperwork and even when I have a receipt they have still lost it and I’ve had to resubmit. Also, I and many others utilize (this is quite prophetic with the events that are currently going on) the VA website which is supposed to speed up the process of claims, etc., yet even when we file claims through this website service is often slow and the website has issues of being “down” (ever heard of anything like it?

Also, just in my office out of the 15 or so veterans that I currently know of that work here all but 1 have claims that they have been waiting for a minimum of 6 months just to be reviewed and all of them have similar experiences that I have as well as almost every veteran that I speak with when visiting VA hospitals in this region.

Praise God that I am fortunate enough to be blessed with the ability to afford private care so I’m not dependent upon my VA benefits to live a productive life but the same cannot be said for many of the men and women that have served at great cost and it infuriates me when people try and tell me that our government can live up to the expectations that it promised when it cannot even take care of the ones that it should be taking care of through the VA healthcare system.

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