To the Editor:
The first headline on Monday reads, “Parents angry at VA after son’s suicide.”
The article goes on to explain that a former veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom committed suicide after seeking care from the veterans administration in Phoenix for over 20 months.
Unfortunately, this is not surprising as the backlog of VA claims for care and assistance is now legendary even here in Central Texas.
Many of us have given up on VA health care out of frustration.
You simply cannot add thousands of patients into the VA system without first adding doctors, administrators and facilities to handle the load.
We have now been involved in OEF and OIF for over 10 years, yet the VA still has not been adequately funded to keep up with new casualties from these two wars.
This is the problem VA patients are facing as they try to live long enough to get help.
It is often said that businesses and government agencies don’t plan to fail, but they fail to plan.
This is an American tragedy. It is also a harbinger of things to come from Obamacare. You cannot add 30 million people to the health care roles without first building the appropriate infrastructure of doctors, administrators and care facilities to accommodate such growth. If you do, you will overwhelm the existing health care system and create a backlog of claims and patients that will make the VA’s problems look miniscule. This will impact senior citizens the most. Many will not be able to wait out 20 months for treatment.
Politicians say we will cover the increased number of patients with new efficiencies and “tweaking” the system. The French have a word for this and it sounds a lot like BS. When has the government ever been successful or efficient?
Please write, call or email your elected officials and demand that health care be revisited with a plan for short- and long-term growth that makes sense and is properly funded.
Surely, that should not be too hard for our intrepid lawmakers.
You might also ask them why they sought and have been granted subsides for themselves and their staff for health insurance purchased through Obamacare exchanges that will not be available to the rest of us. This sounds like government business as usual to me.
George Van Riper