Hurry Up and Wait: Bashing the VA

By Douglas Jamiel, Truthout | News Analysis – Have national misgivings toward the conflicts after World War II found their way into budgeting for the VA, the agency tasked with caring for those less-fêted soldiers who prosecuted these ill-conceived engagements, or is ideology preventing proper funding of the most efficient US health care system? Between 2008 and 2011, approximately 210,000 people died from “patient harms associated with hospital care.” A 2009 study found that 45,000 people die annually from lack of health insurance. Between Newtown – where 13 children were gunned down by a mentally ill individual – and December 31, 2013, 12,042 people lost their lives to gun violence. Oh, and 40 veterans died while on a waiting list at the VA. Ironically, while all four instances are tragic in their own right, it is the last that has provoked enough pitchfork level rage to shake the halls...

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