COMMENTARY | Another commentary on the perils of government run health care occurred in the Fox News story of how a Veterans’ Affairs official covered up the fact that almost 2,000 veterans were kept waiting months to see a doctor at a Phoenix VA hospital.
Even worse, 40 or so died while waiting for health care that they had earned through their military service.
“Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, is accused with other management officials of keeping a fake waiting list that made it appear sick veterans were being treated in a timely manner — while hiding the real list that showed up to 1,600 sick veterans were waiting months to see a physician. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said investigators have evidence that two sets of records were kept by the facility to conceal the lengthy delays in care.
“At least 40 veterans on the secret list allegedly died while waiting for appointments, prompting congressional committees to launch investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.”
Congress is naturally outraged, though it should be noted that the VA health system has been dysfunction since living memory. The situation does bring a foretaste of what can be expected under Obamacare.
One of the hallmarks of most government healthcare systems is how they tend to cut costs by making patients wait. Helman’s sin is not just presiding over such a system, but allegedly covering it up. This will likely be the sort of thing that will occur if Obamacare is allowed to continue.
If people start to complain that their grandparents are dying while waiting for a heart surgery ir are being left writhing in agony waiting for a knee replacement, government officials will be quick to present cooked statistics that “prove” that the system is working and meeting its targets. That prospect alone is an argument for jettisoning the atrocity masquerading as health care reform.