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Letter: VA system shows faults in single-payer healthcare system

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 5:30 am

Allegedly professionals at the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital knowingly and willfully delayed, misled, and maltreated our nation’s veterans, and that infuriates me and it should infuriate every American.

After first learning of the scandal at the Phoenix VA Hospital I have advocated for an earnest pursuit of truth so those responsible will be held to account for their malfeasance.

This situation illuminates an important truth: our government can’t even take care of the 6.5 million veterans who fought to defend the very existence of this nation.

Then how can we expect our government to deliver quality health care to over 330 million Americans? Evidence and experience clearly suggest this is an impossibility.

Today’s VA Health System is tomorrow’s ObamaCare.

The VA Health System is pure government-run single-payer healthcare, and it’s an utter disaster! This system shows us that government-run health care is not compassionate or humane, it’s barbaric and corrupt.

In this single-payer system human beings aren’t shown the dignity or respect they deserve. Moms and dads, sons and daughters are maltreated or, worse, left to die waiting for treatment.

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema advocates for this type of inhumane health system. She believes in the public option, despite all the evidence, misery, and heartbreak to the contrary.

America’s health system before ObamaCare was dysfunctional. But ObamaCare left all the dysfunction in place and built an edifice upon the unstable foundation thereby exponentially magnifying the previous underlying problems.

I agree with Sen. John McCain that veterans deserve to have another health care choice apart from the VA.

Quality health care for the nation can be secured by repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with patient-centered health reforms that! Put you in control of your care, not a government bureaucrat.

If ObamaCare remains the law of the land, then it will assuredly metastasize into the devastating cancer that is the VA Health System today. Our veterans and the American people deserve better.

Andrew Walter

Tempe

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