60-Year-Old Document Shows VA Used Civilian Hospitals

Nearly everybody is up in arms over the VA scandal. As usual, President Obama voiced his outrage and moved on. To show that he cares, he visited the troops in Afghanistan. He’s had six years to fix what he claimed in 2008 needed to be fixed. The fact that “he cares” is all that low-information voters need to know. It’s all about feelings.

A remedy to the VA debacle has been proposed:

“Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., turned up the heat on the administration over the Veterans Affairs health-care scandal on Saturday, writing in an op-ed that President Obama was ‘nowhere to be seen’ as accusations of misconduct at VA hospitals mounted in recent months.

“He also pitched a bill that would allow veterans to seek care at private facilities outside the VA system — an idea that’s picked up support from some unlikely quarters as the taint of scandal continues to swirl around the embattled agency.”

This is old news. As I’ll show below, this is the way the VA used to work. It makes sense.