Troubles at the department of Veteran Affairs have been known for a long, long time. For example, over a dozen years ago, Don Imus, an ex Marine and host of the nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning, was on a tear about the deplorable treatment American vets were receiving.
In Saturday’s WSJ, Senator John McCain makes the case that the VA is in worse shape now than it was five years ago when Barack Obama took office. In 2008, then-Senator Obama said of the VA under President Bush’s watch that it was “an outrage,” “a betrayal,” and that “we are all dishonored.” Allegations of abuse at the VA reportedly have been known to the Obama administration for many years, yet even now Obama is treating it more as a political problem rather than a national crisis that needs to be solved pronto. As Senator McCain points out, asking veterans to rely on a healthcare system that is overrun with problems is “patently unacceptable.” Our veterans have earned the right be able to choose where and when they get medical care. The VA allocates about $10,000 per year per veteran. Could not this disgraceful problem be solved immediately with a voucher system for American vets? Where in the world has John McCain as well as our Fund Raiser in Chief been?