Not that anyone should be surprised, here, but a new leaked document from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates 238,657 veterans have died while waiting for health care appointments. Why would we not want the government handling ALL aspects of their lives? I mean, seriously, we could have a new version of Orwellian paradise 1984 style, am I right?
The Daily Caller reports that there are a total of 847,822 veterans on the enrollment waitlist, meaning a third have been declared deceased while in line for care’
Nevertheless, the problem isn’t quite as bad as it first seems. The VA has no method of removing applicants from the list, and so the death toll is spread out over a much longer period of time, as noted by the Analysis of Death Services report.
Moreover, according to VA spokeswoman Walinda West, many applicants never even finished the application, but because of the way the system is designed, they still remain on the list. In other words, since the VA is incapable of keeping its records clean and up to date, it’s difficult to ascertain exactly how many veterans have died over the past year while on the waiting list. The list has been maintained since 1985, West said, so data on the deaths could extend back for decades.
Whistleblower Scott Davis, who works as a program specialist at the VA Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta, argued West was wrong on all counts. First, incomplete applications are not actually counted in the pending list. Second, the list only goes back to 1998, since that’s the date the enrollment process became a requirement.
“VA wants you to believe, by virtue of people being able to get health care elsewhere, it’s not a big deal,” Davis told The Huffington Post. “But VA is turning away tens of thousands of veterans eligible for health care,” he said. “VA is making it cumbersome, and then saying, ‘See? They didn’t want it anyway.’”
Which is, of course, complete and utter bull sh*t. There is NO reason why there shouldn’t be healthcare available immediately for all veterans. You have definitely paid for your right for free healthcare for life if you have served our country.
Anyone else you know have government allotted healthcare? That’s right, you, my friend, do. Unless you are one of the renegade people out there breaking Obama’s asinine law. Just think of it: if we allow the government to continue
running ruining our healthcare, we will be just as screwed as the veterans are. Think about that for second. I know I sure don’t want to. I’m not planning on dying waiting for a doctors appointment, but looks like that’s what Obama wants.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
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