Hi readers. Thanks for coming by for a read.
I’ve said before I don’t believe the US government owes veterans good health care for the remainder of our lives as an ethical matter. Merely a legal one.
We don’t particularly deserve it any more than Native Americans deserve cradle to grave health, dental and eye care because they happen to be descendants of aboriginals. Merely something required by law. Same as the VA. They’re no more deserving than veterans, Wall Street bankers, CEOs of Multi-National Corporations, Congressmen and US Senators, or people living down in the war zones of slums getting their asses shot off in driveby shootings and their kids getting HIV from dirty needles.
Fact is, the US used to have wars people could understand and they needed to be able to draft young men to fight in them. Forcing the Confederate States to come back into the Union and offer up their sons to fight in Cuba and Puerto Rico [Spanish American War], the various Indian Wars acquiring Arizona, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Washington and Oregon, and WWI [the BIG Mystery], along with WWII and various Asian Police Action debacles required incentives and salesmanship.
Out of the need for incentives for young guys to be discommoded in foreign lands for the benefit of big business and old men who liked parades grew the VA hospitals. And when military conscription went away at the end of the Vietnam War and the US began using a force volunteers, the need for the huge infrastructure gradually aged along with draft era vets.
Today we’d probably be better off moving the entire Indian Health Care System [run by the US Public Health Service] into those VA facilities so they wouldn’t be getting any better care than Veterans. That would take up the slack for a while, until this whole health care issue in the US gets sorted out.
It ain’t that anyone deserves any better health care than anyone else, no matter how much money they make, don’t make, or what they’ve done with their lives. It’s whether whatever health care anyone gets is what it claimed to be out where these claims are made when people are deciding what they want to do about their health issues.
Today the VA appears to be a cruel farce. I’m glad I’m eligible to make use of it, but a nice disclaimer on the front above the door might be appropriate:
ABANDON HOPE ALL WHO ENTER HERE