Bad News On Memorial Day: We Are All Veterans Now
by Wayne Allyn Root
Hi, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. It’s Memorial Day weekend and the national scandal and disgrace at the VA (Veterans Affairs) is the perfect example proving once and for all what a disaster Obamacare will be. We’re about to find out what it’s like to receive healthcare from the government. With Obamacare as the law of the land, we are all veterans now.
The VA scandal is proof positive that with government in charge of healthcare, it will bankrupt the entire country and countless Americans will die through incompetence, neglect, waiting lists and fraud. Just like our veterans have already experienced.
But this VA scandal is nothing new. Conservatives have warned about the dangers of government-run healthcare for many years, often using the VA as Exhibit A. My national bestselling book “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide” was released in April 2013. Almost everything hitting the news about the VA today was already known way back then. Let me quote from my book:
Take the Veterans Administration. A federal appeals court has ruled the VA suffers from “unchecked incompetence.” That incompetence is killing our brave veterans. I bet you didn’t know 18 veterans commit suicide per day. Or that 85,000 vets are on waiting lists for care. Even a severely depressed vet can wait eight weeks to see a psychiatrist. Still want government to run your healthcare?
That’s direct from my book – written 18 months ago. So who couldn’t see this disaster coming? Government mismanagement. Substandard healthcare. Vets being treated horribly. Vets dying while waiting on long waiting lists. Vets committing suicide. We knew it years ago. This isn’t new news.
About the only thing we didn’t know back then was that there was outright criminal negligence that could lead to murder charges. We didn’t know government employees kept secret waiting lists to cover up the long delays — even though they knew patients had life threatening illnesses. That sounds like murder to me.
What a surprise! Conservatives like Sarah Palin and I screamed about “death panels” and “death by rationing” years ago. I predicted in the media long before today’s VA scandal that sick Americans would be committing suicide after dealing with government bureaucrats. I warned grandma might die if the same government that runs the Postal Service and the VA was put in charge of grandma’s cancer surgery.
We told you so… a long time ago. Government is a walking disaster. Government screws up everything it touches, while losing billions of dollars of other people’s money. How could putting government in charge of healthcare for 317 million Americans possibly work out?
Long before this new scandal, many of us pointed to the U.S. Postal Service. By law, there can be no competition, yet our Postal Service still manages to lose about $16 billion every year. No private sector company in history has ever managed a feat like this.
Or look at Amtrak. The government took over about 40 years ago and has lost about $40 billion since then. To this day, the taxpayers lose $32 every time a butt sits in an Amtrak seat.
All the wars in America’s history have cost about $7 trillion. Yet the war on poverty has cost $20 trillion and counting (adjusted for inflation). And poverty is still at all-time highs. What a massive failure and waste of taxpayer money.
The Federal Reserve has one main job: to protect the value of our dollar. Yet the dollar has lost 98 percent of its value since the Fed was founded.
The government couldn’t even run a whorehouse and make a profit! In my home state of Nevada (where prostitution is legal in some rural counties), the government took over a $100 million brothel and in one year drove it into bankruptcy. How can anyone lose money on sex? I told crowds at Tea Party rallies across the country, “If you can’t run a whorehouse and make a profit, get your damn hands off my healthcare!”
In case you think that’s an anomaly, look no further than Off Track Betting in New York. Yes, horse track gambling run by government also went bankrupt — even though the government skims their take off the top, before the bettors are paid. It’s impossible to go bankrupt with that scenario. Government found a way!
The same government that brought you failing gambling operations, failing brothels, failing post offices, failing trains and pretty much failing everything else is now in charge of your healthcare (as well as 17 percent of the U.S. economy).
The same government employees that brought us $17 trillion in national debt are in charge of healthcare, yet Obama promised Obamacare would save money and reduce the deficit. He also promised you could keep your health insurance if you liked it. And you could keep your doctor. And your insurance premiums would not go up.
Do you now understand what Obama has done to America’s healthcare system? Forget the threat of losing your insurance, or your doctor, or your medicine. The real threat with government in charge is losing your life! Either government’s incompetence or criminal behavior will kill you or, after dealing with the idiots that run the government, you’ll just kill yourself.
Happy Memorial Day. We’re all veterans now. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week. Happy holiday to all our veterans. God bless you. And God bless America.