The VA and Liberal & Conservative Fallacies On Health Care

While in general the left is far more reality-based than the right, there are areas where segments of the left are mistaken.As I’ve noted several times in the past, there are some on the left who have been repeating arguments based upon fallacious data to claim far greater quality for the VA system than actually exists.

A problem with those advocating health care reform repeating the fallacious arguments in support of the VA is that those of us who have seen the results of their system know the claims are untrue. Every time there is new information about deficiencies in the VA system the credibility of those who support the VA model is undermined, which also casts doubt upon their legitimate arguments in support of health care reform.

We have another example of problems at a VA hospital with CNN reporting that VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV:

A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has recently mailed letters to 1,812 veterans telling them they could contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after visiting the medical center for dental work, said Rep. Russ Carnahan.

Carnahan said Tuesday he is calling for a investigation into the issue and has sent a letter to President Obama about it.

“This is absolutely unacceptable,” said Carnahan, a Democrat from Missouri. “No veteran who has served and risked their life for this great nation should have to worry about their personal safety when receiving much needed healthcare services from a Veterans Administration hospital.”

Conservatives are right that government does not do a good job in managingĀ  health care. A government take over of health care would be a bad thing. Of course health care reform is not a government take over of health care, and government regulation to counter the abuses of the insurance industry is beneficial.

Health care reform has nothing to do with situations such as VA hospitals. Similarly it has nothing to do with Canadian or British health care. If conservatives were really interested in freedom of choice they would be enthusiastically supporting health care reform. Of course the modern conservative movement is an authoritarian movement which has nothing to do with supporting freedom. They are far more likely to support the “freedom” of the insurance industry to limit health care options while ignoring the fact that only the use of governmental power gives people an ability to counter the power of big corporations.


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    Ron Chusid says:

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    Isa Kocher says:

    There are so many things so utterly wrong with the VA that using it as a model of government good or bad of anything just simply serves no purpose. The VA stands as one of the primary examples of really bad management anywhere of anything. Throughout its history the USA has been particularly unkind to its veterans, and the VA serves in that venerable if not honorable tradition. [i am a usa 100% disabled vet and i don’t know any vet who loves the VA.]

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Washington Monthly had an article claiming great things about the VA, which has been picked up by other liberal bloggers and even turned into a book. It is all based upon failing to understand that the way they evaluated medical systems was flawed.

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