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There Already Is A Government Health Care System In America And It Is The Medical Version Of Hell

Injured VetWhat would happen if the entire health care system in the United States was run by the federal government?  Would such a system be better or worse than what we have today?  To get an answer to these questions, all we have to do is take a look at what is already happening.  The truth is that there already is a government health care system in America and it is the medical version of hell.  You are about to read about the horrifying state of health care being provided by the federal government at VA hospitals and on Indian reservations around the country.  Injured military veterans and those that live on Indian reservations are some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and the government is doing an absolutely nightmarish job of taking care of them.

Theoretically, the government should be able to provide at least a basic level of care for these people, but as you will see this is simply not happening.

Why?

The bottom line is that the federal government is completely and utterly incompetent.  This has been demonstrated once again in recent months by the launch of Obamacare.  What a train wreck that has been.

But we shouldn’t be surprised.  When it comes to health care, the U.S. government can’t seem to get anything right.

Most Americans don’t realize this, but government-run health care for our military veterans is a complete and total joke.  In some instances, it can take critically injured military veterans more than a year to see a doctor…

CJ Jackson, a Purple Heart recipient and 101st Airborne medic, was severely wounded during a battle in Afghanistan when an enemy rocket-propelled grenade hit a wall a couple of feet from him, sending debris into his arm and leg. He said he waited over a year to see a doctor at the Jackson VA despite being considered critically injured.

And once a vet is finally able to see a doctor and have surgery scheduled, those surgeries are often conducted in facilities that are beyond disgusting.  The following is what one orthopedic surgeon recently told CNBC

“Occasionally we’d find pieces of bone” on equipment, he told CNBC. “What it really shows is that no one is really taking the time or care to clean the instruments.”

His story was backed up by Dr. Phyllis Hollenbeck, who still works at the hospital. She testified on Sept. 9 about problems at the Jackson center. “Essentially everything that happens in primary care at the Jackson VA can be included under the umbrella of being unethical, illegal, heartbreaking, and life threatening for the veterans, and everything in the care of the veterans starts in primary care.”

Of course this is not the first investigation that discovered these kinds of conditions at VA hospitals.  A few years ago, ABC News also conducted an investigation of conditions at VA facilities across the United States.  What ABC News discovered was absolutely staggering.  The following are just a few of the things that they found during the course of their investigation

*Bathrooms filthy with what appeared to be human excrement

*Dirty linens from some patients mixed in with clean supplies

*Examining tables that had dried blood and medications still on them

*Equipment used to sterilize surgical instruments that had broken down

*Some patients that were begging for food and water

*Vets neglected so badly that they had developed horrific bedsores and dangerous infections

Is this how the federal government should be treating the men and women that have shed blood fighting for our country?

Unfortunately, it appears that the mistreatment of our military veterans has gotten even worse since Barack Obama took power.  For much more on all of this, please see my previous article entitled “25 Signs That Military Veterans Are Being Treated Like Absolute Trash Under The Obama Administration“.

The funny thing is that many of the people that run these VA facilities are greatly rewarded for their “hard work”.  For example, CNBC discovered that those running the VA facility in Jackson, Mississippi described above are receiving huge bonuses…

The director of the Jackson VA, Joe Battle, received a $6,500 bonus last year on top of his $165,000 salary, and Rica Lewis-Payton, the network director of the South Central Health Care Network, which includes Jackson, got almost $36,000 in bonuses last year, on top of her $180,000 salary.

Are you disgusted yet?

You should be.

And we see the exact same thing happening in government-run health care facilities on Indian reservations.

By treaty, the U.S. government is required to provide health care on Indian reservations.  But the level of health care being provided is of extremely low quality and the programs are very underfunded.

In fact, things are so bad that the following expression is very commonly heard on Indian reservations across America…

“Don’t get sick after June”.

Why would they say that?

Well, because in the fall and winter the waits to see a doctor and the rationing of care get particularly bad.  If you get seriously ill, you might end up dying before you ever get the care that you need.

Posted below is a video news report featuring Judge Andrew Napolitano about the horrific state of government-run health care on Indian reservations…

In light of all of this, should we have more government interference in the health care system or less?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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  • K

    You may say the Government can not run health care properly, I think they just do not choose to. When I was still working, one of my best friends was a WWII mud marine. Badly wounded at Iwo Jima. I never once saw fear in that mans eyes, until near the end. He was going into the VA for some last chance surgery. He called me and asked me to come over. For the first time I saw fear in my friends eyes. He asked me to not let him die in the Va. To do whatever I could to get him home, before it was too late. Things went bad as we both expected. I managed to get him home five days before he passed. What I saw in that VA, causes me rage to this day. This was 15 years ago, so this is not a recent thing. The Government just uses people up, and then discards them. I would not trust them with my worst enemy.

  • john k

    Healthcare for active duty military is also the pits. You don’t get to choose anything for yourself, and even though there is supposed to be a religious exemption for vaccinations, military commanders often strong arm personnel into getting the brain damaging vaccines. Even in the so called “exemption” itself, it clearly states that the CO has final say. There is no freedom in the military.
    Tricare is also a joke. Military members are better off going through a military hospital as poor as the service is then to have to spend the months at a time of struggling to get Tricare to pay for a damn thing in the civilian side.

  • Hammerstrike

    For a governement you can Believe in!

  • Tim

    Though the Vietnam War ended nearly 40 years ago, many surviving Vietnam veterans suffer from all kinds of serious health problems to this day as a result of their exposure to Agent Orange and require medical care. The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange over Southeast Asia during the war. Agent Orange was an herbicide that was used to defoliate the countryside to prevent the Viet Cong from being able to hide under the foliage. My father was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Later in life he became very ill, and he received medical care through the VA until his death. I never asked him about the quality of the care he received.

    I think about all the veterans of the wars subsequent to Vietnam who need or will need medical care. With the condition of the health care system in this nation getting worse, what will happen to them?

  • DJohn1

    That is why the US Congress goes to Walter Reed Hospital.
    Trust those parasites to know good from bad. Ibet the facility they are using is top flight.

    The average veteran has no clue as to what is going on until it is too late.
    Even this bad care is rationed by affluence. If you make over 35,000 a year you are not eligible for VA Care anyway. This was an executive order from George W. Bush. Not the first President the second.
    Why am I not surprised.
    I suspect the dental care is just as bad. Probably still using mercury fillings for our Veterans and service personnel as well.
    You want to change it? Just make the Congress use the same service as the military personnel with the same shoddy results. Then you will see it change over night.

    • Ken Lowder

      No you won’t. You’ll only see an improvement in the dc area and their nearby va.

  • Aspartame Boy

    government health care must be great, as long as you WORK for the government.

  • Solus

    As a 70% combat vet I’m seen usually once each year but a shortage of doctors makes it 18 months. There is a local clinic but to get treatment I must drive 77 miles each way. Many new doctors at hospital often means I’m seeing someone recently graduated. My experiences with VA hosp doctors is a toss up each trip, knowledgeable or a dud who sometimes creates additional problems.
    America, you won’t like Gov run healthcare.

  • sean

    This must be a state by state issue. I live in Maine and the V A care is awesome. I spent 24 years in the Army and had horrible care in the Army. I had severe knee problems for 7 years in the army deploying multiple times. The Army gave me steroid injections. The VA immediately sent me to surgery at a local hospital outside the system where they found pieces of cartlidge the size of marbles floating around in my knee. My shoulder, same story several years in the army with steroid injections. The VA sentme to an out of the system orthopedic surgeon who did sports medicine for U maine and immediately repaired tears and spurs. Physical therapy in the VA is awesome at Bangor, clean and professional. I see my PA at the Bangor clinic within a reasonable time of ay request and he refers me to any specialist needed. Sure TOGUS is an old building but it is kept clean and the facilities the doctors use are clean.

    • ANON

      I had taken several trips by ambulance to the Portland, OR VA Hospital, and was turned away every time! They sent me to a nearby civilian hospital, and received better care than the VA would ever provide…then came the bill from the ER. The VA stiffed me on the bill, and I had to fight them for six months to get them to cover the bill. And you can forget about seeing a specialist anytime soon!!

  • Pancho Vera

    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the main reason that the VA is so dysfunctional.

    The VA has shifted from providing medical care and compensation to our nation’s veterans to being a type of welfare for the callous, lazy, and incompetent.

    It must be stated that there are some caring and competent employees unfortunately, they are the exception.

    There are four nails in the coffin of the VA.
    1) Affirmative Action
    2) Welfare back to work
    3) The VA shields its doctors from medical malpractice cases
    4) The AFGE places the well-being of the employees above the health and safety of the Veterans

    Accountability Is The Catalyst Of Change
    The VA can never be fixed if the callous, lazy, and incompetent cannot be fired.

    When was the last time that a VA employee was sent to jail for harming a veteran?

    We need to be able to sue VA employees who harm us and VA employees who intentionally harm veterans need to go to jail. Until there is a mechanism to hold these people accountable, nothing will change

    Frank Vera
    Google “Dept. of Veterans Affairs A Friend or Foe”

  • Piglet

    “What would happen if the entire health care system in the United States was run by the federal government?” Then it would be like the Department of Motor Vehicles and Amtrak.

  • lessthantolerant

    Excellent article. I have seen this system close up since I sometimes donate my time at a local VA.
    They are poorly run with quota picked individuals who work there.
    While I have met some who work there who really care and try not enough do.
    One has to realize this system is a government system which is run by cronyism, quota picking and let’s face facts, “the government doesn’t hire the best and brightest” it acquires the bottom of the barrel picks from colleges and other institutions.
    Its people at the top are normally quota picked for their loyalty and fealty to the party.
    The health care system will eventually become a disaster when managed in total by the government and her bureaucrats.
    Fun times ahead.

  • ken

    Im 62 and other than some arthritis, Im healthy and use the VA for annual checkups. I like the service better than civilian medical clinics and hospitals. I find the service efficient and my medical personell team express an authentic care and interest in me. Its never crowded the wait time is not too long like the unpleasant conditions in the civilian facilities. The workers at the civilian clinics always seem to be hurried and overwhelmed with paper work and data entry and never have the time to address patient issues in a congenial fashion. But I dont have any serious issues going on, so far. Im able to be self sufficient and functionable and the annual checkups is all I need at this point for condition monitoring. When things get to a point that I lose that quality of life then as far as Im concerned I would welcome a system to just put me down. Ive heard of these stories and know what you mean, though.

  • rkb100100

    Male relative that had emphysema – he had a different VA intern (not doctor) every week or two, his wife had to manage everything regarding medication and treatments and fight fight fight to get attention. It took more of a toll on her than him. Died after two years.

  • Karen

    You can say what you want!!! Most of these doctors in American are for the money here where I live the doctors own the hospital you can’ t even get into the hospital for any medical problem unless you fork out 200 dollars insurance or not, you have to pay that up front before they will see you. Blue cross blue shield another money scammer dentist here they all have Friday off only work four days a week and charge out the butt for services I see why people have no teeth. And no discounts nor do the veterinary service there all yelling about fixing pets but charge an arm and leg it is all about money so they can drive their fancy cars

  • ben jacobs

    What I really hate about you snyder is you talk about us needing to solve our problems without saying how
    that’s how I know you’re nothing but useless noise and that’s why we’d all be better off with you dead I HATE YOU SNYDER DIE

  • Ken Lowder

    You meant he one George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower attacked?

  • icthelite


    “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian.” Henry Ford