I hear talking heads and politicians calling for one mans resignation over the VA’s delayed treatment of our military men and woman. I see them in front of any camera they can find, throwing around strong words of indignation and outrage concerning the scandal having been perpetrated, apparently for years, resulting in a minimum of 40 deaths to date.
I hear no politicians offering the immediate steps necessary to serve our veterans. Conservative pundits, yes. Politicians, no.
First, immediately announce that all military personnel may start using the nearest public or private medical facility at their convenience. Whatever and wherever it is. Have the facilities start billing the government.
Second, put all current VA facilities up for auction. Remove all Government involvement with treatment, and let the government do what it does best. Pay the bills. Facilities will compete for the business of the Vets, keeping the prices down. Government has proven it will not only pay for no results, but pay huge bonuses for no results for the most patients.
That immediately solves the treatment problem.
Now for the corruption problem. Arrest any and all workers in any chain of command that knew of the secret lists. Charge them with criminal negligence, conspiracy to kill, theft under cover of authority, filing false instruments, and fraud. Recoup any bonuses previously paid, call for long jail sentences and crippling fines. Destroy this evil so no one ever thinks of using their government position for anything else but serving the people.
We the citizens are constantly being reminded when we fill out government forms, that lying on the forms will lead to criminal charges. We demand the same for the criminals in government.
We wasted a billion dollars so far setting up government websites and so called health-care exchanges.
Give every vet a medical account to start with, for as many years as necessary. Give them vouchers to whatever healthcare system they want. None of them should ever fear losing coverage, or being lost on an uncaring government bureaucracy list.
Our government runs in debt for years on end. Pay for the costs and absorb the debt for now. As the veterans pass away, costs will diminish. Over time the costs are just another budget figure. Running trillion dollar debts for the most outrageous things, including billions for illegal aliens, and then complaining abut the costs to treat America’s true, proven heros is unworthy of America.