Monday, May 31, 2010

What About Health Care Reform for Our Veterans on this Memorial Day?

By Polly Psi

Many people comment about the planned health care changes that the system, as proposed, shares many similarities with socialist systems that provide universal health care. These commenters, many opposed to the proposed changes on ideological grounds, usually neglect to mention that the Veterans Administration (VA) and the care it provides is clearly "socialism."

The VA was created because capitalism failed to provided adequate or affordable health care to many veterans, especially those with chronic needs.

The VA has managed to provide comprehensive care to a diverse group of veterans, often with complex health issues, more cheaply than care is provided to the general public by private insurance and private providers.

Also, the VA buys and dispenses medications and supplies more efficiently than the Medicare system.

The VA has often been at the forefront of new protocols, comprehensive data collection, and coordinated care. There are many improvements that critics and users of the VA cite of the care they provide. Yet, there is much to learn from the VA also.

Perhaps the biggest lesson is not to fear what the system is called but to pay attention to the results.

Although Memorial Day is celebrated as the first day of summer, please don't forget to remember those who lost their lives defending our country and the loved ones you have lost this Memorial Day.


Michelle said...

Good point that the VA system is socialism.

Fiona Littleton said...

I found this on the Veterans Today web site that agrees with you.

"The Tea Party Movement has an intense hatred for anything they, or their leaders, deem to be
socialist while both appreciating and wanting more government support for programs they like and, of course, not really understanding what the term socialist means...For hundreds of years the US has been characterized by a consensus dread of socialism while continuing to enact enormously popular policies that are essentially social democratic in nature....also includes Social Security, veterans benefits, Medicare, head start, food stamps which have become particularly popular in this economic downturn, and various other programs, subsidies and tax incentives."

Good to know nannies are thoughtful about these topics too.

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