Occaional-Cortex Is Opposing VA Reform, ‘If It Ain’t Broke’

Written by Wes Walker on April 23, 2019

First, she celebrated her role in chasing 25,000 jobs out of New York. Now she’s standing in opposition to VA reforms.

She actually thinks it’s been doing a good job. And she’s so cynical that she’s convinced that the only reason Republicans would want to see it changed is due to some kind of a nefarious kickback scheme, helping pay back their nebulous evil corporate overlords.

Oh, really? Planned Parenthood dropped two or three Million dollars in the race to help Governor “Blackface/KKK/Infanticide” Northam get elected in Virginia. Could it be that you’re just assuming other people play the same dirty tricks that you do? Is this just ‘projection’?

After all, AOC herself was ALREADY under suspicion for sketchy financial practices that could amount to Campaign violations. AOC’s Campaign Finance Nightmare: $1M Went To Chief Of Staff’s Companies

But she’s swept into DC to keep everyone ELSE honest… right?

Here she was last week at a town hall talking about VA reform, and how she’s opposed to it.

Yes, OPPOSED to it.

If it ain’t broke? People are dying while they languish on wait lists. Is that ‘broke’ enough for you?

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Ocasio-Cortez said at a New York City town hall last week. “The idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimized, tinkered with until you don’t even recognize it anymore.”

“Here’s the thing, they are trying to fix it, but who are they trying to fix it for is the question we’ve got to ask” she continued. “They’re trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they’re trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations, and ultimately they’re trying to fix the VA for a for-profit healthcare industry that does not put people or veterans first.”

“We have a responsibility to protect it, because if it is any community that deserves Cadillac first-class health care in the United States of America it is our military service members,” she said.
Source: FreeBeacon

Let’s have a look at this ‘not broken’ health care system.

The Department of Veterans Affairs appears prone to failure — and our country’s military heroes continue to pay the price. Officials recently discovered yet another unauthorized waiting list for appointments at an Omaha, Neb., VA hospital. This year alone, the hospital delayed care for no fewer than 87 veterans.

Tragically, this is just the latest knot in a string filled with shameful VA scandals. To say our veterans deserve better is a monumental understatement.

The VA has long plagued veterans with chronic wait times. As of this past February, at least 144,000 veterans waited 30 days or more to see a doctor.

Such delays have proven dangerous – and even deadly. In 2015, for example, more than 200 veterans died waiting for care at a VA facility in Phoenix. Just one year earlier, 37 veterans suffered the same fate due to delayed care in Shreveport, La. Worse still, more than 2,900 veterans are currently waiting for care at the same Shreveport hospital.
Source: WashingtonExaminer

Maybe she won’t like that source. How about another one, with bigger numbers? As in, “307 THOUSAND deaths” while on waiting lists, bigger.

Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The VA’s inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. The inspector general said due to limitations in the system’s data, the number of records did not necessarily represent veterans actively seeking enrollment in VA health care. Source: CNN

For context, US casualties in Vietnam were close to 60,000, in WWI they were somewhere north of 100,000. Fighting WWII took us to around 450,000 casualties and the American Civil war was roughly 650,000.

For comparison, these 307,000 veteran deaths are higher than WWI, two thirds of WWII losses, and nearly half of our total losses in the Civil War.

But it “ain’t broke”, eh?

They can’t even get the (comparatively) small-scale VA fixed and working properly, without all the same problems, inefficiencies and failures that socialized health care are so famous for; but they want the government to oversee EVERYONE’s health care?

And speaking of ‘broke’ we’d better hurry up and figure out how to fix the system we have now before it collapses under its own weight, too.

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