Friday, June 13, 2014

FBI Investigation of VA

The Washington Times says that the FBI has opened a criminal probe of the Veterans Administration following the publicized scandal concerning inefficiencies in that agency.
This sounds to me like an exercise in futility. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an agency reporting to Pres. Obama. You can be sure that Pres. Obama does not want the VA investigated, and he will call the shots on what the FBI will do.
If you want to take a more optimistic viewpoint, assume that the FBI does a good job in investigating and collects information, some of which is usable for criminal prosecution. That information must then be passed to the Justice Department, of which Atty. Gen. Eric holder is in charge, and we well know Eric holder's record in prosecuting any person connected with the Obama administration or any of its agencies. In other words prosecution will go nowhere.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hospital Care for Veterans

The Washington Times says 57,000 veterans await initial visits to Veterans Administration Hospital Facilities.
This will always be true when with a government-run operation involving two factors; no competition and run by bureaucrats.
Which then brings me back to my initial recommendation, which is that the Veterans Administration should sell off all of its hospitals to private industry, and supply each veteran with a free health care card for service at any legitimate private or public hospital. The Veterans Administration can then do the accounting to pay the hospitals, in the same manner that Medicare now pays health care provider facilities.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Veterans Health Care

Open Email to Sen. Brian Schatz:

Dear Sen. Schatz,
Thank you for your email concerning veterans health benefits.
You said you are supporting bipartisan legislation to improve operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Your bill will make VA executives more accountable, cut wait times, and help make way for a major new VA medical facility on O'ahu that would double VA clinical services on the island,
I agree completely with the first part of your statement. US citizens, through their federal government, have an obligation to supply Healthcare Services to veterans of quality and availability at least equal to that for the general public.
However I disagree completely with your plan to establish a new VA medical facility on Oahu. In no case should the federal government own property for services which can be supplied by facilities of private industry. Not only do I disagree with the construction of a new medical facility on Oahu, but I am also suggesting that the Veterans Administration dispose of all medical facilities by selling them off to private industry.
To properly handle the health needs of veterans, the Veterans Administration only needs to supply each veteran with a health card indicating that the Veterans Administration will pay for any medical treatment given to the veteran at any legitimately authorized institution; private or public hospital. By this mechanism, a public market will be created for supplying healthcare to veterans. If the facilities are presently insufficient, the civilian hospital group will expand to accommodate the influx, because they are guaranteed payment which reduces their risk.
Simply stated. The federal government should not build new medical facilities for veterans. It should sell off existing facilities to private industry. It should supply each veteran with the health care card stating that the Veterans Administration will bear the cost of any medical treatment given to that veteran by a legitimate supplier, which would include essentially every hospital and hospital chain in the US, including Hawaii.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Obamacare Unconstitutional

The Washington Times says that fhe Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next secretary of Health and Human Services in a vote that mixed bipartisan support for her abilities with deep concerns about Obamacare.
The issue here is not whether she should be Secretary of HHS, but the fact that she will be handling Obamacare, which is an unconstitutional law.
The last part of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution reads, "Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." According to the Obamacare law, if a citizen does not purchase health insurance, he will be fined, which is a confiscation of money, which is also property. The question is whether "just compensation"
is provided by the Obamacare law. If the mandatory insurance payments under Obamacare are higher than available previously under a private system, it is not just compensation, even though other services may be provided which are not needed by an individual, such as obstetrical care for a young adult male.
The Obamacare law is obviously unconstitutional based on the Fourth Amendment. When will it be challenged in Federal Court and carried to the Supreme Court?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Congratulations to Bill and Melinda Gates!

Lisa Jarvis, in the May 19 Issue of Chemical and Engineering News, reports that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (refer Microsoft) have committed to contribute $29 million over five years to the California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr). The objective of the private grant is to discover drugs for diseases that adversely affect the developing world. Calibr will focus on tuberculosis, infections from parasitic worms, diarrheal disease, and malaria.
Congratulations to Bill and Melinda Gates! This is the way medical research should be done; through private grants, and not through taxpayer money from various federal agencies.
You can be sure that Gates Foundation managers will be watching carefully how that money is spent, as opposed to federal programs which usually involve "dump the taxpayer money" and go on to other things.