The ongoing scandal surrounding the Veterans Affairs health care system has empowered conservatives who oppose Obamacare, with a growing number saying the woes plaguing the VA are a glimpse of bigger problems to come if President Obama’s health care law continues to be implemented.
Their argument: If you think the government has made a mess of managing health care for the nation’s veterans, just imagine what a disaster it will be when the feds are responsible for the health care of everyone else.
“I think what’s happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the health care provider,” said conservative pundit and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson Saturday on Fox News. “And if we can’t get it right, with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world with are you going to do it with the entire population?”
Radio host Rush Limbaugh built a similar case this week, saying the problems with the VA, which include reports of misconduct and crushing wait times that have been linked to dozens of deaths, provide only a glimpse of the broader havoc Obamacare will wreak.
“We still gotta find a way to convince people that this Obamacare can’t work and that everybody’s headed for a similar potential as these deaths in the VA,” Limbaugh said, according to Mediaite. “No matter how big anybody’s heart is, no matter how much they care, here is a microcosm of what Obamacare is gonna be if it’s fully implemented.”
And Fox News host Kimberley Guilfoyle warned on Wednesday that America can expect “one big, fat VA system in the form of Obamacare” if the health care law continues taking root.
The link between the VA and Obamacare has not yet been made explicitly by elected Republican or other GOP officials, who may be reluctant to immediately politicize a scandal that affects America’s veterans.
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SOURCE: CBS News