I’ve been in the VA health system for years and I am quite satisfied with it. It is better now than it has been in the distant past and with the upgrades to electronic medical records the errors of the past will be minimized.
Your really shouldn’t mention Walter Reed in the same breath as the VA as they are two separate healthcare systems. Here is some more reading on the VA if you’re interested.
<"Although VA has received many wonderful endorsements recently, the support of our veterans - the people who know us best - is the highest praise," said the Honorable R. James Nicholson, secretary of Veterans Affairs. "This is a testament to the hard work of VA employees, the support of Congress and the leadership of the White House.">
<VA's rating of 80 for outpatient care was five percentage points higher than the 75 rating for private-sector outpatient care and nine percentage points higher than the average satisfaction rating for all federal services.>
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) :: News
The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say
There should have been the option: I have health insurance and have never needed/used it.
"It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen.
I am very unhappy cause it cost me a good chunk of my check each week
~Following My Own Flow~
Anyways, you're missing the point. It doesn't matter. Having the Federal Government do it is unconstitutional, end of discussion.
I also believe that removing the cost of doctor's visits from health insurance coverage would help greatly in lowering health insurance costs.
Taking Aim at ‘Pay-to-Delay’ Tactics for Generic Drugs
"When brand-name drug makers want to keep a competitive advantage over companies that market cheaper generic versions of the same drugs, they’ll sometimes pay generic drug companies to hold off on releasing the drugs for a few years.
The idea is simple: It’s a better deal in the long run for big drug companies to pay off generic drug makers not to market their versions, than to have the brand name drug compete with less-expensive generics.
The practice may seem underhanded and a bit sleazy, but it’s not against the law. It’s called “pay to delay” and is mostly a dirty little secret of the pharmaceutical industry that few consumers know about, even though it forces millions of them to pay more for their prescriptions. "
We already have medicare/medicaid so I guess the constitutional question is moot.Anyways, you're missing the point. It doesn't matter. Having the Federal Government do it is unconstitutional, end of discussion.