Conservatives are forever shutting down progressive health care reform ideas by saying that the more government gets involved the worse things will be. But in the VA, you have a totally government-run healthcare system that is besting the private sector on both cost and quality. And it's a system wrapped in the patriotic colors of the American military! That doesn’t mean Democrats should start arguing for government-run health care--though they might consider Longman's intriguing suggestion that we let the VA take over bankrupt non-VA hospitals and make citizens who provide non-military national service eligible for VA care. But it sure does challenge the notion that the only way to fix our broken private-sector-dominated healthcare system is to make it even more private sector.
Monday, January 24, 2005
Best Healthcare Anywhere
And it's not in any high-falutin' fancy hospital system. It's in that single-payer, government-run institution, the Veterans Administration.