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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs

The opponents of ObamaCare are getting an early Christmas present in the press coverage on the VA medical system.  The story goes that the administrators have been cooking the books so that the wait times seem less onerous.  Here's a good story on it in the FT:  The story says that 970,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have filed for disability care.  But that might be deceiving: just for being a veteran, you are eligible for care. 

The budget for the VA has doubled since 2006  (now at $140 billion a year) Two lessons here: government-administered health care inevitably leads to shortages, and the costs to the public will expand constantly. 

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