Sanders Claims Gov-Controlled Insurance Would Have Less ‘Bureaucracy’ — They’re Not Seeing That at the VA

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During an interview on “The Breakfast Club” on Monday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) explained that he believes a government-controlled health care system, a la Canada, would result in less bureaucracy and, therefore, better, cheaper care.

“Right now, we are paying twice as much per capita for health care as they do in Canada because they don’t have a system which enables the drug companies and the insurance companies to make huge profits,” Sanders said. “Their system is simpler. There is not all kinds of waste and bureaucracy.”

As IJR previously reported, Sanders said he would do away with private health insurance for a government-controlled “Medicare-for-all” system.

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While Sanders clearly believes that a government-controlled health care system in Canada results in less bureaucracy, that’s not what the people of Canada are witnessing, with some of the longest patient wait times in the developed world.

But that’s Canada.

To bring the argument to the U.S., Sanders needs to look no further than the Veterans Administration (VA), the government-controlled health care system that already exists in the U.S.

As part of the American people’s debt to those who served in the military, the VA is a taxpayer-funded administration that provides benefits, including health care, to those who served.

The VA, however, has been failing to provide prompt care to veterans, and there are several heartbreaking stories of veterans whose medical care was put on hold due to the unending bureaucracy of the administration.

In 2017, Dr. Stewart Levenson joined other health care providers in becoming whistleblowers on the care provided by the VA. In an interview with The Boston Globe, Levenson explained that conditions in the VA Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire — once labeled a four-star hospital by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — were some of the worst he had seen, to the point that veterans’ lives were put at stake.

He claimed he was unable to sort through the bureaucracy to address the conditions from within, forcing him to whistleblow to the Globe.

“I have never seen a hospital run this poorly — every day it gets worse and worse. I never thought I would be exposing the system like this,” Levenson said. “But I went through the system and got nowhere.”

In 2017, President Donald Trump tried to address this problem by signing a bill that allowed veterans to go to private hospitals with better conditions called the “Veterans Choice” program.

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Still, a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) in June 2018 found that veterans had to wait an average of 70 days to see a private doctor due to poor bookkeeping and management from the VA’s “Choice” program.

“VA lacks assurance that veterans are receiving care from community providers in a timely manner,” the report noted.

“To the extent that these factors persist under the consolidated community care program that VA plans to establish, they will continue to adversely affect veterans’ access to care,” the GAO added, pointing to the bureaucratic system.

While Sanders may claim that a government-controlled health care system would cut back on bureaucracy in health care, that’s not the result American veterans are seeing today.

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KhyberRifle
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Who you gonna call (if there’s something’s strange in your neighborhood . ). The government spends billions fighting monopolies and racketeering annually, with only moderate results, so, brilliantly, Bernie reverts to weak type: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Bernie’s goals are modest: he just want to make sure that before a socialist mustard gas spreads across the proletariat, he’s escaped that third estate and in the oval office. I got mine. Maybe later, you’ll get yours, ideologically.

I. Chin
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In the Victim Olympics every Dim lives by, Bernie is not a big-scorer.
-1 old
-1 Jewish (notice how nobody mentions this OR his failure to speak out against anti-Semites like Omar, Tlaib, Obtuse-Commie)
-1 male
+1 Commie/Socialist
+1 for “free” shit (that others will pay for)

So far he’s a wash. Others have co-opted his Commie wannabe causes. (notice how Putin and his oligarchs are billionaires? How ’bout the three houses he and Jane own and their banked millions?)

KhyberRifle
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And, in a display of incredibly poor taste, the old schlepper is white , all white. (not poor like how AOC was impoverished before she arrived in The District, but poor like in hapless and sorry)

I. Chin
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-1 for being white
-1 for being a cis het (at least that’s how he manifests)

AOC
+1 woman
+1 claiming to have been born poor (lie)
+1 can’t manage money
+1 youth (childishness)
+1 Green
+1 Commie
+1 anti-Semite
-1 cis het
-1 sleeping with the enemy (a dreaded whitey)
-1 using greenhouse devices to cook during her kitchen video

Isn’t scoring the Victim Olympics fun?

I. Chin
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How come no one talks about Bernies gang rape fantasies any longer? q.v. his essay published in 1972.

For Rocky, who’s too deluded and lazy to look up the source it’s NPR.org, though he’ll probably say that’s a suspect and biased source. (it is).

I. Chin
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Bernie blithely (purposely?) omits the fact that Canada has a safety-valve called private insurance. He also ignores the bureaucratic disaster that is the VA. What can one expect from a committable Commie, err, Socialist?

KhyberRifle
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A pinko is a pinko no matter what name he’ll answer to.

I. Chin
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In Bernie’s case he lacked the honesty/courage to declare his actual ideology.

KhyberRifle
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Screw, in his hollow, sleepy case, lacking courage is understandable, forgivable; he’d have remained headless like the Vermont horseman. Around the 40 year mark, he saw a long awaited gov’t. paycheck, vowing never to give it up. So, hoodwinking his constituents and apostles carried his day, daze on end. Now, thanks to a few shameless, loud and stupid millennials, and a pandering media, he’s now faithful to his dog ma. This is the devil we know, better only than those we don’t.

I. Chin
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When believes unquestioningly and will not tolerate differing ideas that’s dogma. And Bernie. Too bad his socialist schtick has now been copied by so many others, including his former protégé AOC.

KhyberRifle
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AOC would suggest her copied schtick is actually a better mousetrap; she’s been working on it non-stop since mastering the many and diverse nuances of wallbangers a year ago at Flats Fix.

I. Chin
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Like all good Socialists/Commies she espouses it but refuses to live it. q.v. Bernie’s multiple dachas and millions.

KhyberRifle
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Someone has to divvy spoils amongst peasants; that’d be the Bern. He can lord it over the rabble, feed 5000 with a single chapati. Like I said he knows to get his first when playing the socialist game of musical chairs

I. Chin
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“I got mine” is the mantra of Commie elites throughout history.

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