BigJess saidWhy would anyone think the government could do a good job managing EVERY ONE's health care? They can't even deliver good health care to our veterans via the VA.
You are wrong on several counts, as usual. coolarmydude is correct, the problem is with private corporations managing the ACA. And guess who pushed for that to happen?
Exactly why privatizing the VA would create an even greater mess than it is now. And the VA got that way because of underfunding. And where is VA funding determined? In the Congressional budget. Why, the very same warm-hearted guys who want to privatize the VA into the hands of their corporate sponsors.
I've been using the VA for 20 years. When properly funded it works well. It's especially geared for the medical needs of veterans. That tend to more heavily represent physical injury, combat & job related, than the general civilian population, not surprisingly.
But it started to go downhill rapidly after a certain President and his political Party took the US into wasteful 2 wars. And needed to keep the budget under control lest public support wane, despite the phenomenal mounting war costs.
And where to save money where it won't be noticed so much? Just don't increase the VA budget to handle the sudden influx of thousands of wounded service members that these wars created. Which might also draw more negative attention to them.
Great plan! Pay for the wars on the backs of the veterans who had fought them. After all, they couldn't fight anymore, what good are they? Politicians just stick their little American flag pins on their lapels and tell everyone how patriotic they are because they support our troops in combat, but avoid talking about our wounded former troops now in the hospitals.
And what did the VA do, with their case load exploding and insufficient additional funds to handle them? Cook the books and delay treatments, scandals that later exploded and were all blamed on the VA itself and the current Administration. Not on Congress, which was the root cause.
I used to be able to get good care within a reasonable time. By 2005 I had to wait a full 12 months for appointments. Because of case overloads and staff cuts. To see third-world doctors who could barely speak English. Sometimes I felt like I was stepping into a big city taxi, not a medical exam room, and should have brought an English translator with me.
So it was Congress that ruined the VA, not flaws in the concept of veterans care itself. You get what you pay for. And a more sinister view would be that some in Congress were also deliberately sabotaging the VA, to make their self-serving case for privatization.