Wrong Again…and Again…and Again…

One of the major concerns about Obamacare was that the government is too bureaucratic, inefficient, and wasteful to administer any kind of universal healthcare properly. This was countered with the VA being used as an example of government competency and experience in delivering quality health care. With Obama promising to clean up any existing problems at the VA (all blamed on Bush), the VA was considered a perfect example to silence critics.

Ironically, using the VA as an example turned out to be one of the few things supporters got right. The mismanagement, corruption, apathy, and abuse at the VA now coming to light are exactly what critics fear will happen with Obamacare and there is no reason to believe otherwise. If the government can neglect and abuse veterans, our most treasured human resource, it certainly can do the same to anyone.

The VA scandal, and it certainly IS a scandal, is one of the most despicable failings of our government. Decades of neglect brought this to a head but it now rests firmly in Obama’s lap. He campaigned on cleaning up the VA, promising to take on that responsibility with rhetoric as definitive as “if you like your insurance, you can keep it”. He utterly failed to do so and it now joins a long list of things he has been wrong about – or lied about – and must be held accountable for.

Supporters of Obama share the blame. Ideologues continue to back Obama unconditionally, cloaked in a denial that strengthens his resolve to “transform America”. Obama has been so wrong so often, even his harshest critics are surprised, but blind faith is proving too dense for failure to penetrate.

Again and again, Obama either neglects to act or takes the wrong action on issues important to the country and the world. Until supporters take blinders off and hold his feet to the fire, Obama will continue with a personal agenda he is convinced is good for the country. He needs to be convinced otherwise, and that can only come from supporters.

David J. Hentosh

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