Let’s start with the fact, I am a Veteran. I have been a patient of the Veteran’s medical system for the last 15 years after my legs went bad.
Okay this is where things can get a bit confusing. The 1st time I became a part of the Veteran’s Medical System was after an honorable discharge in 1985. I enlisted in the VA Medical System because was the only medical insurance I could afford while I tried to go to school. This lasted until I took a job at the VA Hospital and worked there for almost 6 years. During those 6 years I had ‘private’ medical insurance and as an employee I had to seek my care in the civilian world. Eventually I was medically laid off because of my legs going bad. Then my insurance began rejecting treatments and procedures. That is when I returned to the VA medical system.
So as you can see I am quite familiar with both VA medical system and ‘private medicine.’ as both patient and employee. So you see I can honestly compare the 2 system.
With that said and as Ed Shultz says ‘Let’s get to work.’
The years I worked at the Denver VA Hospital it taught me that the hospital was working at capacity. There was a time we had more patients then we had beds. Often this was the result of what we called ‘dumps’. A dump is when one of the for profit hospital discovers that one of their patients is indigent or if patients insurance had reached its capacity for the year and were not going to pay anything more. If the patient is a veteran they would move that patient to a local VA Hospital.
I remember when I was assigned to a surgical intensive care unit a veteran was rolled in attached to every portable life support there was. His paperwork showed he was a ‘dump’.
Then came the budget cuts. Thanks to the republican cuts we had to close 2 wards and a medical intensive care unit. Those now unused patient rooms were turned into offices no one use and a st0ore room with nothing in it.
Then came a rare moment of sanity in which congress recognized PTSD and Agent Orange as real medical conditions. Doubling the patient load.
Now thanks to 2 useless manufactured wars the VA Patient load is quadrupling. These Veterans are seeking care with traumas and injuries that in World War II meant death.
Last year republicans cut another 29 billion from Veteran’s budget. The sequestration budget cut another 10% was cut from the VA Budget. During the Bush/Cheney years $60 billion was cut from the VA budget. Good old super smart Paul Ryan fixed it so veterans will not be getting a cost of living raise for 3 years. Hell, He has made it clear he wants to cut all disability payments to Vets and to everybody else getting help for that matter. As part of his war on wasteful social spending.
So what I don’t get is why republicans are uptight about doctor’s being forced to see 20 or more patients in day and not being able to give their patients the time they need. Plus patients waiting several months or more for visits to specialty doctors or their primary doctor.
Anyway it seems to me strange that republicans are upset because Vets are slipping through the cracks and dying.
Well that’s my rant.
Next week back to Bankruptcy
I apologies about being gone for so long but problems do happen. So please Excuse me as I go political this week. It is so cool writing for a blog that lets me go off on these tangents every now and then.
So as Ed, from the Ed Show say ‘Let’s get to work.’ This last Thursday President Obama declared war. He attacked Putin right in the wallet. SMP Bank of Russia/ St. Petersburg-based Bank Rossiyahas has been isolated. His sanctions blocks the bank from doing business with any bank or financial institution that is American owned or operated.
President Obama also blocked a lot of Putin’s rich friends from accessing their assets held in the United States.
You see President Obama went radical. Much to the displeasure of the crazy republican. Instead of risking expendable assets, living soldiers, Obama has placed assets much too valuable at risk. MONEY.
President Obama’s actions has greatly displeased crazy republicans So much so they are now allowing MasterCard and Visa to resume doing business with the SMP Bank.
They are even blocking further sanctions. Trying to make Obama look weak and useless. You know with some of the history, I have learned lately. Like The real reasons for the Iraq war reasons, Regan torpedoes Carter’s efforts to free the hostages then buying their freedom with arms after being elected, Nixon blocking LBJ’s ending of the Vietnam War so he can get elected,
I have got to wonder if there isn’t somebody egging him on trying to create yet another war. You know Uncle Sam buys multi-billions of dollars of weapons during a war that are never used. After all those weapons are much more valuable than living soldiers.
With the treatment our soldiers receive when they get home, and waiting years for their promised benefits. That is if they are not denied because some paper pusher decides one of their forms wasn’t filled out exactly right. If that happens than the poor veteran has to refill out the paperwork and wait an outer four years. Just to let you know there have been bills put forth by Obama and the democrats to speed up the process but once again crazy republicans have blocked those bills. Then comes Food stamps being cut so veterans can’t feed themselves or their children while waiting for their promised benefits. And after 10 to 15 years of being shot at, and or blown up or veteran’s when after discharged are booted out the door and told go be normal. Are told, if you have a problem dealing with the world after 10 years of terror, or your body is so severely damaged you can’t find or maintain a job. Well sorry about that but if you complain you are just useless and weak so don’t bother us with your problems. Oh yeah, that unemployment insurance you’re supposes to get after your discharge, oh well sorry about that.
Making it very clear, at least to me that crazy republican’s believe soldier are the least valuable and most expendable assets.
Is it any wonder 22 or more veterans are taking their own lives every single day?
Next week I will be posting on what Serf-Dom really is. After all that seems to be were the crazy republican’s seem to be bringing back. Then I will be picking up with the S.C.R.A. I will be going deeper into detail.