With the ongoing nightmare of Obamacare and the exposure of deplorable conditions at the VA, the great irony of this progressive presidency is that Obama himself is responsible for the loss of public confidence in big government. Where is the accountability? Charles Krauthammer warns in NRO that an expansive government that can’t even run a mundane health-care system like the Department of Veterans Affairs is proof of the perils and limitations of a massive bureaucratic, centralized system.
Democratic outrage over the fatal mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs is the “precisely the paradox” of the failures of an expansive government that they advocate for, Charles Krauthammer noted on Wednesday’s Special Report. The allegations that the widespread malpractice led to several deaths in facilities nationwide is proof of the perils and limitations of a large bureaucratic, centralized system.
“It can’t even run a decades-old, normal, absolutely mundane health-care system that are run everywhere in the world between here and Togo,” he said. “The idea that this is government that’s going to do great new things — universal pre-school, and all of these wonderful promises — is totally dissolved and it redounds against the party of government.”
Unlike past scandals that Democrats have dismissed as manufactured Republican hysteria, Krauthammer said Democrats cannot simply ignore this problem. Additionally, the administration must take full responsibility for the failures, and called attempts to pin part of the blame on Capitol Hill as disingenuous since Congress does not run the VA.