Wednesday, May 21, 2014

But Paul Krugman Said.... ("Veteran's Healthcare" Edition)

By Chris Rossini

The Internet happens to have a copy of Paul Krugman's lavish praises of the Veteran's Health Association (VHA).

Let's follow the breadcrumbs back to November 13, 2011:
What Mr. Romney and everyone else should know is that the V.H.A. is a huge policy success story, which offers important lessons for future health reform...

Multiple surveys have found the V.H.A. providing better care than most Americans receive...

What’s behind this success? Crucially, the V.H.A. is an integrated system, which provides health care as well as paying for it. So it’s free from the perverse incentives created when doctors and hospitals profit from expensive tests and procedures, whether or not those procedures actually make medical sense. And because V.H.A. patients are in it for the long term, the agency has a stronger incentive to invest in prevention than private insurers, many of whose customers move on after a few years.

And yes, this is “socialized medicine” — although some private systems, like Kaiser Permanente, share many of the V.H.A.’s virtues. But it works — and suggests what it will take to solve the troubles of U.S. health care more broadly.
Bottom line?

Never become cannon fodder for The State. Its lying propagandists are everywhere (think Krugman). If you're on the fence (or know someone who is) read Laurence Vance for awhile. He'll surely guide you away from destruction.

Meanwhile, the rest of us are tasked with making sure that "Veteran's Healthcare" doesn't become "Everyone's Healthcare".

As of right now, it's not looking good.

Chris Rossini is on Twitter

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