Where did the news go? After being front and center for over a week, you are hard pressed to find even a short paragraph on the Veteran Affairs Department and how the “toxic milieu” is going to be righted. Now we have senators Bernie Sanders and John McCain announcing a bipartisan deal on legislation to help reform the VA’s systemic corruption. In “Political Triage at the VA,” the WSJ asserts that “the VA’s problems run far deeper than a new hospital building or more spending can solve.”
In last week’s opinion page of the WSJ, Hal Scherz, a doctor from Georgia wrote,
The VA health-care system is a disaster. Throwing more money at the system of demanding the scalps of top bureaucrats—Washington’s reflexive response to any problem of this sort—won’t repair the mess. What’s needed is a fundamental rethinking of how to provide medical care for America’s veterans. … The VA health-care system is run by a centrally controlled federal bureaucracy. Ultimately, that is thee source of the poor care veterans receive.
“Outraged” senators on both sides of the aisle can pass the McCain/Sanders legislation, feel good about themselves, and wash their hands of the nasty stew. And what our country’s veterans are left with is the Senate’s non-reform reform once again betraying them.