Friday, March 09, 2007

Support the .... who are those guys?

Slate: Still more ways Bush is screwing returning vets. As I heard the expressions of dismay and "if we'd known" about the dismal hospital conditions, I immediately thought of the cuts and reductions in veteran's funding that have been like a drumbeat over the last 5 years; why doesn't this all bother the "support the troops" conservative masses?

Thought exercise:
have these funding slashes been a simple expression of disregard for veterans and a misplaced desire for efficiency, or have the Bushies gotten tired of people pointing to the Veterans' Health Administration as proof that centralized provision of healthcare is much more effective than our stupid health insurance system?

(via Medley)

1 comment:

Medley said...

have the Bushies gotten tired of people pointing to the Veterans' Health Administration as proof that centralized provision of healthcare is much more effective than our stupid health insurance system?

Bingo. This is almost certainly part of what's going on here. (Although Walter Reed is an Army hospital, not a VA hospital -- but easy enough for the public to confuse, and there are issues with the VA, too..)

re health care in this country -- it just seems to me to be so *beyond* horrifying that people are forced to make significant life decisions (jobs, careers, moves, etc.) based in part on the health coverage that various jobs offer, whether they're own will transfer, whether they'd be forced to be without coverage in between jobs, and so on. The sheer WRONGNESS of all that makes my head explode.