Charles Krauthammer: VA's a Government-Run Healthcare 'Disaster'

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:53 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday that the ongoing scandal over waiting lists at the VA is indicative of problems inherent to all government-run healthcare, stating, "If there's ever been evidence that a government-run system of healthcare is a disaster, it's here."

Appearing on Fox News' "Special Report" the Washington Post columnist expressed exasperation with the administration's fecklessness, and drew comparisons between the VA scandal and Obamacare.

He opened by talking about the Obama administration's announcement over the weekend that they would allow more vets to seek care at private hospitals outside of the government-run system to reduce waitlist backlogs — something he called for when the scandal broke.

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"I am simply stunned that they have taken this much time to do anything active about the people who are still on the waiting list," he told a panel that included fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will.

"It turns out that the VA has had the authority to issue the vouchers or whatever the system is to allow a vet who has been waiting forever to go out and get the care, the private care. They should have done that on day one, when the scandal broke."

Will shared Krauthammer's frustration, and cited the scandal as a "teachable moment about the actual scope and proper competence of government." He said that the scandal's timing, having come after "six particularly intense, instructive months" of Obamacare's botched rollout should be regarded as a clear sign that the government cannot administer healthcare effectively in any context.

He wholeheartedly agreed with Krauthammer's assessment of government-run healthcare as he went on to describe it.

"It's rationing, it's waitlists, and corruption, and laziness — as you get when people are salaried, rather than working in the free market," Krauthammer explained.

He said he wasn't hopeful that the Democrats would learn a lesson from the scandal, placing the chances of such a happening at "zero."

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