Liberals are not just wrong-headed about their policy prescriptions.
They also kill people with the implementation of their ideas.
Barack Obama, an extreme Liberal, or perhaps it would be more correct to say Marxist central planner, has proven this again through the gross mismanagement of the Veterans Administration, a federal government institution.
His administration is under mounting pressure from Capitol Hill to address troubling allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals. The VA Inspector General’s office said late Tuesday that 26 facilities are being investigated nationwide — up from 10 just last week — including a Phoenix hospital where 40 veterans allegedly died while waiting for treatment and staff there kept a secret list of patients waiting for appointments to hide delays in care. <source>
Yes indeed, when you mix central planning with something as personal as health care, you end up killing people.
Does this mean Obamacare will kill people? Of course it does, and we didn’t need the current VA Hospital scandal to know this.
But why? Why does government bureaucracy fail and end up killing people?
The VA scandal is instructive in answering this: there is no meaningful accountability inside of and outside of government bureaucracies.
Oh sure, there may be accountability to this or that “patron” in the patronage society that is the world of a government agency. But this does not cut it because patronage is wholly divorced from market signals that would actually (a) reveal where problems lie, and (b) bring urgency to get those problems fixed.
In a free market, if your product sales start dwindling, you are getting signals from the market that something is inadequate and needs to be changed, and if you don’t respond to those signals, you will go our of business and lose your livelihood. This feedback mechanism and its urgency is what makes (regulated) markets so efficient and why China began selling off State-owned enterprises 25 years ago and allowing a more free economic market in the country. You can’t feed 1.3 billion people with the government running agriculture (though even as I write this, there are Liberals across America who would argue this point, idiots that they are).
But government bureaucracies never go out of business. They don’t get signals from the markets. They have no accountability, other than to the petty dictators who run them, and those people are not interested in anything other than self-preservation and ass-covering.
So in the VA scandal, we have staff at dozens of hospitals who “kept a secret list of patients waiting for appointments to hide delays in care“.
This is Socialism in action: lies, obfuscation, legerdemain, and fraud, all designed to cover up the underlying TOTAL FAILURE of the system itself.
That is: the failure of the VA to PROVIDE TIMELY HEALTH CARE SERVICES for veterans, many of whom DIED while waiting.
Now, what if the Chief Executive, in this case the president of the United States, were to hold people accountable?
Let’s see how things are going on this front in the VA scandal, where veterans DIED in the waiting room:
Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, also called on Obama to back off plans to nominate Jeffrey Murawsky to replace the VA’s undersecretary for health care, Robert Petzel, who has stepped down. Murawsky, a career VA administrator, directly supervised Helman from 2010 to 2012.
The White House has said Obama is standing behind Murawsky’s nomination.
There you have it: A Marxist central planner who refuses to hold Murawsky accountable despite his DIRECT involvement in the mismanagement of the VA health system.
But we know very well that Barack Hussein Obama holds no one accountable, in ANY government agency, no matter how badly such bureaucrats and agencies fail.
- Not in the IRS, after many in the hierarchy maliciously targeted Republican groups;
- Not in the Justice Department, after the gun-walking program ended up arming Mexican narco-terrorists with high-calbre weapons, once of which was used to kill a U.S. border agent;
- Not in the State Department, after four Americans were murdered by Muslim terrorists in Benghazi;
- Not in the HHS Department, after the disastrous rollout of Obamacare
There can be only one explanation why a Chief Executive would allow all of these bureaucrats to keep their jobs despite such epic failures: because he is either the man behind the curtain on many of these tragedies, directing the action or inaction, or he wants these failures, and in fact does not consider them failures.
He is the worst president in American history in at least one sense: the demise and destruction of our country, which is happening during his two terms in office, is being done by him.
He told us all that “we didn’t build that”, but when our country is laying in ruins, we will rightly say: he did it.