Vet Activist Warns of Obamacare, VA Problem Similarities

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 11:20 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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To see the future of Obamacare, look at how the federal government runs healthcare in the Department of veterans Affairs, says retired Army Capt. Pete Hegseth.

"Once you release policy into the behemoth which is bureaucracy, there is no accountability, which means you get delays, you get wait times, you get problems with care. And, no one held accountable," Hegseth said Monday on "Fox & Friends."

Hegseth, a combat veteran, is CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, an organization of U.S. military veterans and families that promotes policy initiatives. He lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota last year after failing to win the Republican primary.

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Hegseth pointed to the nearly 700,000 pending claims by veterans at the VA, with a backlog of 400,000 people awaiting disability benefits as proof of government inefficiency. The problems, he said, are "indicative of the types of waits and roadblocks you're going to see when you take something like VA care . . . and try to scale it to an entire population."

Hegseth said the failure to hold anyone accountable for the problems with Obamacare comes as no surprise to veterans.

"How many people have been held accountable for the dysfunction at the Department of Veterans Affairs? None," Hegseth said.

"If you fail in the private sector, there are consequences. Within government there isn't. And who pays for it? The customer. And that's been veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs," he added.

Hegseth predicted Americans would end up having the same experiences with Obamacare that veterans have had with delays in benefit processing at the VA.

"Americans are going to start to feel it.That is why we're pounding the drum about what Obamacare is going to mean, based on what veterans have already seen," he said.


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