WALTER REED: THE OBVIOUS LESSON

The real significance of the Walter Reed scandal isn’t the latest resignation, and it isn’t limited to that hospital.

For years, advocates of socialized medicine have been extolling the virtues of the VA hospital system, ignoring the collective cri du coeur (No! Don’t do it!) from veterans who have actually been subjected to its tender mercies.

Single-payer evangelists have doggedly insisted that the Veterans Administration constitutes a good model for a “universal? civilian system. Now we have this thing at Walter Reed. How can anyone be surprised?

Quibbles to the effect that Walter Reed is part of the DOD rather than the VA miss the point. It doesn’t matter which government behemoth they work for, bureaucrats always make a mess of things.

If you turn health care over to bureaucrats, this kind of behavior is inevitable. It doesn’t matter if they work for the VA, the DOD, CMS or FEMA. Bureaucracies are all created equal.

It is, of course, true that American health care needs reform. But can any rational person read the news today and still believe that any government bureacracy provides a model for reform?

Comments 2

  1. Catron wrote:

    The emptiness of your position is demonstrated by your deployment of ad hominem cheap shots in lieu of any intelligent response to my basic point. In reality, “single-payer? and “universal? health care are nothing more than euphemisms for “socialized medicine.? From the perspective of the patients who would receive “care? in such a system, these distinctions would be utterly meaningless.

    Posted 06 Mar 2007 at 7:25 am
  2. C M Hughes, MD wrote:

    OK, Walter reed is actually a DOD facility and not part of the VA system. So is the Bethesda Naval Hospital, I am chagrined to admit. I thought Bethesda had both.

    And outsourcing, not socialized medicine, was the problem:
    http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0307/030507m1.htm

    Cheers,

    Posted 08 Oct 2007 at 7:27 pm

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