Have We Forgotten

A new page on Fruity Tangentialness dedicated to dredging up old stuff in an effort to prevent lying down on the railroad tracks of history.

1/30/2009

The USPS is talking about cutting one delivery day per week to five from six. To save money. One of our favorite money spending stories from the USPS is this

Excerpt:

“M. Richard Porras was one of two headquarters executives to receive a total of $248,128 in relocation benefits in 1998. Porras received $142,311 while agency controller John H. Ward was given $105,817 to move to new homes in Northern Virginia. Both executives moved less than 50 miles from their old homes. The relocation benefits included $25,000 each for “miscellaneous expenses.”

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1/30/2009

He Who Must Not Be Named would very much like to see the Veterans Affairs health care system be used as a national model for government run health care.  But it’s nothing new.  Here’s a brilliant  analysis by  Robert A. Bauman for the Cato Institute dated April 27, 1994.

Conclusion:

“Although this analysis does not purport to devise solutions for the ills that beset the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a good start would include drastically curtailing any further expansion of the VA and delegating health care for deserving eligible veterans to private health care providers, reimbursable by the government.

Barring another major military conflict that requires large numbers of Americans to serve in the armed forces, within a generation or two the VA health care system will run out of eligible clients. (Some rural VA medical facilities are already seriously underused.) With the inevitable demise of veterans with service-connected conditions and other specially eligible veterans, the justification for VA medicine as it exists today will come to an end. If Congress had the political courage to consider making policy changes, even gradually, the federal government could eventually extricate itself completely from owning, operating, and financing the VA hospital and health care system.

Unfortunately, the major issues and problems outlined in this historical review and analysis of the VA’s operations will be present, and magnified, under the Health Security Act promoted by President and Mrs. Clinton. The fact that the notorious state of the VA has been unworthy of even a concerned murmur (much less been the subject of criticism) in the current debate does not speak well for individual freedom of medical choice or for the future of quality health care in America.

Such immense political cowardice on the part of our so- called leaders constitutes a statement about the ultimate chances for our survival as a nation. American folk wisdom long ago produced an appropriate phrase (which now takes on new meaning) to describe life’s frustrating moments: “It’s enough to make you sick.””

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