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Vet­er­ans die wait­ing while a traitor gets health care for VIPs

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Tammy Bruce

Dur­ing the past cou­ple of weeks we’ve learned more of the ob­scene tac­tic at Vet­er­ans Af­fairs (VA) hos­pi­tals ac­cused of cre­at­ing se­cret ap­point­ment lists to hide wait times for our vet­er­ans. At first, it was the shock of learn­ing about the deaths of 40 of our pa­tri­ots may be due to this ob­scen­ity at the VA in Phoenix.

Now it seems that may just be the tip of the ice­berg. A whistle­blower has come for­ward claim­ing Chicago’s Hines VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter also keeps se­cret lists in or­der to fal­sify the ap­point­ment wait times. CBS News spoke with VA so­cial worker Ger­maine Clarno, who is al­leg­ing the lists are not just to game the re­quired ap­point­ment wait time, but also to col­lect bonuses for do­ing so.

When asked by CBS about how far the fraud goes, Ms. Clarno said it was “hos­pi­tal­wide.”

“We’re talk­ing about surgery, ra­di­ol­ogy, women’s clinic, all those dif­fer­ent ar­eas, all the spe­cial­ties, all the clin­ics … ,” she said.

It’s an ap­par­ent sys­temwide fraud in a bu­reau­cracy that sees our vet­er­ans not as its clients and pa­tients, but as num­bers on a piece of paper to shuf­fle, lie to and lose.

Most of us want to be­lieve that not all VA hos­pi­tals are en­gag­ing in this catas­tro­phe, and that’s all the more rea­son to es­tab­lish a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion now, to treat this as the emer­gency it is and to stop it in its tracks.

The cru­elty of this be­hav­ior, which has very pos­si­bly led to the deaths of so many in Phoenix alone, ex­poses the nat­u­ral in­hu­man­ity of the lib­eral bu­reau­cracy. Now we know what hap­pens when govern­ment con­trols health care and people be­come less im­por­tant than the budget.

If there’s any­one who de­serves free health care, it’s our vet­er­ans, who risk their lives in the­aters of war. In our vol­un­teer mil­i­tary, they are the he­roes who freely agree to give ev­ery­thing, per­haps even their lives, to pro­tect our na­tion, our fu­ture and lib­erty around the world.

Yet, when they re­turn home and need us, our govern­ment em­ploy­ees throw them into a ma­chine that not only doesn’t give a darn, but uses them as a pawns in a vile ef­fort to get cash for them­selves.

It’s mon­strous, and not sur­pris­ing. We’ve now seen this heinous dis­re­gard for the in­di­vid­ual at ev­ery level of the federal govern­ment. Whether it’s spy­ing on Amer­i­cans, us­ing the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice to pun­ish po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents, aban­don­ing diplo­mats to ter­ror­ists, de­liv­er­ing guns into the bloody paws of Mex­i­can drug car­tels, or try­ing to de­stroy the pri­vate health care sys­tem in Amer­ica, there is a dan­ger­ous dis­con­nec­tion with nor­mal de­ci­sion-mak­ing and con­tempt for the ba­sic rights of hu­man be­ings.

We shouldn’t be sur­prised that the al­most so­cio­pathic at­ti­tude on dis­play ev­ery­day by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is in­fect­ing the federal sys­tem as a whole.

Strangely, if we turn from vet­er­ans to traitors, how­ever, we learn just how much the bu­reau­cracy can make hap­pen in the name of health care.

Politico re­ports the Pen­tagon has ap­proved con­victed traitor Bradley Man­ning for trans­fer from prison at Fort Leav­en­worth, Kan., to a civil­ian prison so he can re­ceive “gen­der treat­ment.” Man­ning, con­victed of send­ing clas­si­fied documents to Wik­iLeaks, has changed his name to “Chelsea,” wants hor­mone ther­apy and other med­i­cal treat­ment so he can re­al­ize his true self. Or some­thing.

You see, doc­tors have di­ag­nosed Man­ning with “gen­der dys­pho­ria,” or the feel­ing of be­ing a woman trapped in a man’s body. The New York Daily News re­ports: “By Novem­ber, a mil­i­tary doc­tor there [at Leav­en­worth] had ap­proved a treat­ment plan, in­clud­ing hor­mone ther­apy, but it was sent higher up the chain of com­mand for con­sid­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to a com­plaint filed by Man­ning in March over the de­lay in get­ting treat­ment.”

Oh, brother. Pris­on­ers should have health care, but not the ex­tra­or­di­nary va­ri­ety, like or­gan trans­plants or sexre­as­sign­ment surgery.

Re­ward­ing crim­i­nals with ac­cess to health care that far eclipses what the aver­age Amer­i­can can hope for is ridicu­lous, in­sult­ing and should be stopped.

Con­sider this in the midst of the ap­par­ently de­lib­er­ate health care ne­glect of our vet­er­ans. Here we have a con­victed traitor whin­ing about feel­ing like a woman in a man’s body and then hav­ing the gall to com­plain about de­lays in “treat­ment.”

The sys­tem then jumps into ac­tion mak­ing it pos­si­ble for this jerk to re­ceive what could be well over $100,000 worth of treat­ment, funded com­pletely by the tax­payer, of course. Hor­mone re­place­ment alone could cost up­wards of $200 a month, for life.

On the Man­ning sit­u­a­tion, The As­so­ci­ated Press notes, “Some of­fi­cials have said pri­vately that keep­ing the sol­dier in a mil­i­tary prison and un­able to have treat­ment could amount to cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment.”

Ac­tu­ally, these days be­ing a con­victed traitor gets you the most ex­pen­sive and VIP health care pos­si­ble. On the other hand, if you’re a loyal and brave vet­eran, your hospi­tal puts you on a se­cret wait list un­til you die.

Which would you say is cruel and un­usual?

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY LINAS GARSYS/THE WASH­ING­TON TIMES

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