The current scandal surrounding the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Phoenix, in which “secret” appointment lists contained scores of veterans — some of whom died while waiting months for an appointment or treatment — is just a precursor to what is sure to happen throughout the country after all of Obamacare’s mandates fully kick in, and here’s why: The more bureaucracy there is between doctors and patients, the less care there is.
And that’s historically been the problem with the VA hospital system: It’s overly bureaucratic and, hence, very inefficiently run.
For decades now — long before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the VA has been a model of inefficiency and negligence. In fact, from its inception in 1921 (it was then known as the Veterans Bureau) the VA has been a model of corruption and incompetence. A report in 1949 by a commission looking into VA abuses “uncovered a staggering amount of waste,” which was attributed to the highly political nature of the VA’s healthcare system. In 1989, the VA was elevated to a Cabinet-level position, though no compelling arguments at the time existed to justify it. But nothing changed; as noted by the Independent Institute, “The Cabinet position offered no lasting changes to address the extensive waste and inferior care.”