VA lesson: Can federal government be trusted with health care?

by Rep. Gene Whisnantgene-whisnant.serendipityThumb (R-Sunriver)

Is This the New Standard for Health Care?

As a retired military officer and advocate for military veterans; I am “mad as hell” about the Veterans Administration (VA) treatment for our deserving men and women who are responsible for our freedom. As we continue to see this disturbing story unfold at the federal level, it is my opinion that some workers at VA medical centers in fact purposely delayed services for our honorable veterans. It appears many died waiting for medical care.

I also strongly oppose Governor Kitzhaber transferring Oregonians’ health insurance exchange to the Federal Government without the input or approval of the Oregon Legislature, the individuals who represent Oregonians. Many Oregon legislators voted to have a state insurance exchange because they did not want the Federal Government in charge. Many of our questions about the failed Oregon exchange remain unanswered.

Despite differing legal opinions regarding the Governor’s authority to transfer the exchange, the Governor used his executive power to move forward with the transfer. Why did the Governor rush to take executive action without legislative input on an issue on which previously he had worked hard on to get bi-partisan support? Some may argue that the Governor needed this $248 million issue off his plate before the 2014 November election.

Given the troubling VA system that is failing our nation’s veterans, can Oregonians really trust the federal government to competently oversee our own health care enrollments and treatment? If they cannot provide quality and timely health care for our 20 million military veterans; how will they provide it for 317 million Americans?

Rep. Whisnant is a retired USAF Colonel who served in Vietnam, Germany, Yugoslavia, and the Pentagon.

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  • MrBill97702

    Agreed. Also it’s good to remember that the gov’t that can supply our every need can also taketh away. Better not to have something like health care dependent on a single entity like the Federal gov’t.

    • .

      Aye, better to not sublime US further by the foreskin of their silly nilly wreaking/reckoning

  • Bob Clark

    Government healthcare is sad politics. Government regulation including mandates help cause health care insurance costs to go up for the individual. The individual complains about the increasing cost of health care. And the Democrat politician says to the naïve electorate I can stop increases in healthcare costs. The Democrat solution is to substitute queuing (lengthening waiting times for healthcare service) for price rationing. It is just swapping out one problem for an even less efficient solution.

  • actionsspeaklouder

    Government and especially this administration cannot be trusted PERIOD.

    • .

      Howl-ever, the governmentium numb nuts can tryst to their PERS’s without impunity, altogether now, assuaging their minions to inhale their fartz content.

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