There are few areas where there is more bipartisan support than the need to provide adequate health care for the country's veterans. While many of us opposed the war in Iraq and other recent military adventures, we still recognize the need to provide medical services for the people who put their lives at risk.
This is why it is especially annoying to see right-wing groups invent scandals around the Veteran Administration's (VA) hospitals in order to advance an agenda of privatizing the system. If there was a real reason to believe that our veterans would be better cared for under a privatized system, then it would be reasonable to support the transition.
But this is the opposite of the reality. All the evidence suggests that a privatized system would make worse any problems veterans now face in getting care -- and it is likely to cost more money.
Doctors' mistakes kill some 250,000 Americans a year, a public health menace that flies under the radar because federal officials don't list "medical error" as a cause of death, a new study says.
Only cancer and heart disease cause more U.S. deaths annually according to the study, by researchers at John Hopkins University, which was published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal.
"This is a public health issue," admitted Bob Anderson, the chief of mortality statistics at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in reaction to the shocking report.
Why is a commission charged with fixing the problems hoping to close down its hospitals?
Some members of the commission established by Congress to evaluate the Department of Veterans Health Administration have proposed drastically reducing the size of the VHA by closing its health facilities and transferring the care of the nation's millions of military veterans to the private sector.
But in a letter sent to the chair of the Commission on Care, leaders of eight of the country's most prominent veterans' advocacy organizations blasted the proposal. read more