I was talking to someone a few months ago about the medical challenges facing our veterans and this person made the point that treating vets is very expensive. Once they pass however they are much less expensive.
This is a deeply cynical way of looking at things, and disturbing. But she said what many people are thinking.
Do I think along these lines? No. But I will say that the VA system needs to be taken apart and radically reworked. But there are too many people who make their money off of the current system for such a thing to happen anytime soon.
(From The Hill)
“VA wants you to believe, by virtue of people being able to get health care elsewhere, it’s not a big deal. But VA is turning away tens of thousands of veterans eligible for health care,” he said. “VA is making it cumbersome, and then saying, ‘See? They didn’t want it anyway.'”
The leak is sure to provoke a strong reaction among Capitol Hill lawmakers still fuming over last year’s scandal over patient wait times.
A series of internal and third-party investigations found the VA medical network was rife with falsified data that may have contributed to patient deaths.