“Humor is tragedy plus time.” –Mark Twain
“When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?” –Robert McDonald, Veterans Affairs Secretary
What is important, Mr. Secretary, is that Disney doesn’t kill people by making them wait.
It would be difficult to ask the veterans who have died while waiting for service how satisfied they are with the experience, but any rational human being – which doesn’t seem to include Mr. McDonald – would understand that rationalizing the failings of their taxpayer-funded organization by comparing it to an amusement park is idiotic.
But, honestly, that’s par for the course.
The Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs is in the news, again. This time he is trying to justify or excuse the behavior and abysmal track record of his agency (again) by comparing it to a theme park (new, but stupid). The remarks came at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast and immediately provoked a round of scathing attacks on the VA’s record and lack of transparency. McDonald’s comments were in response to reporters asking him about the GAO report from last month that showed the problems with wait times have not been corrected.
So, let’s recap. The VA was killing patients by making them wait and falsifying wait time documentation. From the time that the general public learned of the problem, the VA has also been wracked with scandals concerning drug dealing administrators, administrators committing fraud to get better positions, administrators being allowed to continue working even though they had committed violent crimes or were pedophiles and – still – the wait time for veterans to get treatment has not measurably improved.
I think there is a problem. I also think that the problem is not going to be corrected by any of the measures currently in place.
My opinion of the solution has – in the words of President Obama – evolved. I now believe that the only way to fix the VA is to destroy it. Completely. Put every single person who works there in the unemployment line with a permanent notation that they were part of the problem. Then offer them the same medical care they offered veterans. And make them wait for it.
Veterans, on the other hand, should be allowed to use any hospital or clinic with the tab picked up by the taxpayers. They have suffered enough. Even though there will be cases of fraud committed, it would certainly not be as bad as the fraud being committed by the federal government against them.
It would cost less, veterans would get better care and we could rid ourselves of the moronic Mr. McDonald and his insulting comparisons of the VA and theme parks. It’s a small world after all, and it’s time for you to go, Mr. McDonald.
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