Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Walter Reed Lesson


This about sums up Universal Health care.
It is evident that government does not belong in our health care system.
On one hand people complain about how bad things are when the government manages health care and on the other hand they want the government to provide health care for all... Go Figure!
Do you really want legislators deciding how to ration our health care and then taxing us to death to pay for it all?
Socialized medicine DOES NOT WORK!

Thanks to Cox and Forkum

Update: Great Post over at Capitalist League on Universal Health Care.

3 comments:

LoveMyTanker said...

I am not for universal health care nor do I think that the government should provide hand outs to anyone. The WR issue is a bit different than nationwide universal health care.

The government owes it to our veterans and active duty wounded to provide health care at government and tax payer expense. That is the least that we owe to those that fight for our country and protect our freedoms.

Everyone is quick to blame those on the inside of WR and blame does fall there, but when is someone going to blame Congress as well? They claim to have been walking the halls of WR for years and none of them seemed to notice anything was wrong.

Take care of our veterans and servicemembers without political issues in the mix. It is the least that everyone can do.

Judy Aron said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly that our veterans and active duty wounded need to be taken care of at taxpayer expense. They deserve no less. They deserve the best care available in a timely and caring manner.

You are spot on about people who have turned a blind eye for so long to not only the conditions that exist at WR but also the "rigamarole" and run around that our veterans have to go through to get the care they deserve.

Unfortunately it is the bureaucracy of government that is the problem, and that is one reason why Universal Health Care will not work.

Valerie said...

The current problems with the military health system may not be indicative of the long-term effectiveness of "socialized" medicine. I've been in favor of a streamlining of American medicine _because_ I used the military system for nearly all my life. It wasn't perfect, by any means, but a good part of it was less stressful than the hoop-jumping I've done since we moved back to the U.S. The billing alone is enough to drive me around the bend. Add to that "approved providers" and making all the pieces mesh, and I swear Stan Laurel put it all together. [Hardy: "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten us into."]

My (retired soldier) husband and I have been discussing the Walter Reed situation, and in our (distant-from-the-action) viewpoint, it may be indicative of the current pressure being put on the military system as a whole. There just aren't enough people to go around. Poor planning from the get-go.

Just as the active services, the Reserves and the National Guard are being stretched, so is the medical system. We've had years of casualities coming in to an aging facility (one of my adult daughters was born there), and not enough people to keep up with the backlog.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/353/17/1764
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Just Fading Away? The Closing of Walter Reed
27 October 2005
This summer, the Defense Base Reallocation and Closure (BRAC) Commission decided unanimously to close the venerable Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Long touted as the nation's flagship military medical center, Walter Reed opened its doors on May 1, 1909. In the 96 years that have passed, it has served hundreds of thousands of soldiers and a veritable parade of U.S. presidents, congressmen, Supreme Court justices, military leaders, and international dignitaries.
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The system the wounded are being carried into needs to be fixed -- they, of all people, are owed that --, but given the longevity of the military health system (I was born in an Air Force hospital and now I'm a grandma), I don't think the socialized part is the culprit.