Paco graciously links my missive to my Congressman.
He further links Director Blue enumerating a few government successes on the back side of the success/fail coin.
Ross at DB says:
So with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that "services" you shove down our throats are failing faster and faster, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system?
What you'll hear from, say, Jim Moran is that the DoD and VA count as government successes.
As a Constitution fetishist, I'll point out that unlike much of the Progressive oeuvre, the DoD has clear Constitutional roots. You can jump off the literalist cliff and say that the Air Force is un-Constitutional. Ho-hum.
A more interesting question is whether you think that DoD health care is any good. My experience is, yes. As a squid on a ship, I started having trouble sleeping, winding up fetal on my left side. As you might expect, next we pulled into port, I was admitted to Balboa and gave birth to my only offspring thus far, a diseased appendix. I will not say how many liberals voted for it when I ran it for Congress in California, not wishing to embarrass our left coast readership.
Would you like to know some major reasons while DoD (not VA) health care is successful? Here are a few factors:
- Rigorous screening prior to joining. You can argue that the DoD health care doesn't deny service based upon pre-existing conditions, and that is absolutely true. If you didn't pass the physical, you never joined in the first place.
- They can order you to maintain fitness standards. The bar isn't too high, and it's certainly a Good Idea to stay in shape, but it will force you to do something, unless you are one of those Stacy McCain built-like-a-toothpick types. (Grr)
- They can order you to exercise. Not as big a threat for squids, but if you're on shore, and the CO has a feeling that everyone is falling in for a team building evolution at 0600, then guess where you'll be at 0600?
- Being a service member is a privilege, and they can punt you for any number of reasons. If you're medically discharged or retire, then you move on to the VA. I can tell you that my father has to drive many hours to make use of his benefits, and he's something of a grumpy old man about it. But that's anecdotal.
Summary: the DoD/VA combination are not bad, but an overtly authoritarian system like the military is going to seem...odd to many civilians. Then again, we seem to see much oddness these days.