Republicans Using VA Scandal to Attack Obamacare Don’t Know What the Hell They’re Talking About

limbaugh-studioYou had to know it was coming.  A hospital governed by the federal government entrenched in a scandal about improper care being administered to patients was undoubtedly going to lead to conservatives trying to use it as a way to bash the Affordable Care Act.

Rush Limbaugh even tried to imply that these are the “death panels” Republicans have been clamoring about for years.

It’s ridiculous.

The problem with VA hospitals isn’t the fact that they’re government hospitals, it’s that the program is not adequately funded!

Stats show that most industrialized countries that have socialized health care lead the world in average life expectancy.  For those who might be wondering, we’re 42nd on that list – only 28 places behind Canada.  

So don’t give me this nonsense that socialized medicine equates to bad health care and people dying at earlier ages, because facts just don’t support that.  If socialized health care was really terrible, there’d be a direct correlation between countries that have government-run health care systems and shorter life expectancies.  But there isn’t.  In fact the opposite is true in most cases.

But you don’t even have to go to another country to see the success of socialized health care.  Just ask seniors about Medicare.  Or even better, if these politicians are so sure that socialized health care is that awful, I’d like to see some of them run on the flat platform of “I’m going to eliminate Medicare completely,” then let’s see how well their poll numbers do with senior voters.

These horror stories coming from VA hospitals prove that anything that’s not properly funded can’t possibly be run adequately.

We don’t have enough facilities to take care of our vets and even the facilities we do have are drastically understaffed.  I can promise you if we build enough facilities, adequately staff them and make sure the people working in these facilities are quality workers, almost all of these problems we’ve heard coming from veterans dealing with the VA would disappear.

And the same goes for “Obamacare.”  If the law isn’t enacted properly (which Republicans are doing everything in their power to see that it’s not); if it’s not funded adequately; and if the problems that do arise aren’t fixed (so far the only “solution” Republicans have for “Obamacare” is to repeal it), it’s going to experience a whole host of issues as well.

But then again, that’s exactly what Republicans want.

It’s why I believe while publicly Republicans are condemning these issues going on at VA hospitals, they’re privately celebrating them because they can use them as ammunition against the Affordable Care Act – and many of their voters will fall right into the trap.

As I said, these issues with the VA prove that any program without adequate funding, facilities and a proper workforce can’t possibly operate at satisfactory levels.

Which is not in any way an indictment on “Obamacare,” but on those in Washington who’d rather fight for more tax cuts for the rich, and subsidies for big oil, rather than for adequate funding for programs aimed at helping our veterans.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Edward Krebbs

    Who could have predicted that invading Iraq and Afghanistan would lead to more disabled Vets ?

    And that while Vets from WWII, Korea, and Nam were becoming fewer due to age (and thus cuts to the VA budget could be justified) that all these new injured vets from Iraq and Afghanistan would lead to a need for the funding decrease to be reversed ????

    • Edward Krebbs

      Also, Once again, the RWNJ echo chamber can’t keep it straight that the ACA, VA, and Medicare are different things.